Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    Haines is still a force of nature, more Uriah Heep than David Copperfield, and his sharp-tongued critiques, especially of his chosen field, though tempered with moments of sentimentality, remain as volatile as ever.
  2. Uncut
    Jul 31, 2013
    Full of sound and furry. [Sep 2013, p.89]
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    Rock N Roll Animals is a particularly curdled creation. [Sep 2013, p.104]
  4. Jul 25, 2013
    It's not a classic and it won't get him back in the NME, but it'll more than entertain those willing to listen.
  5. Jul 25, 2013
    Beneath the sarcastic wit lies warmth and some of his most beautiful songs since Showgirl, which glisten with Bowie-ish 12-string guitars and endearing semi-autobiographical asides.
  6. Jul 25, 2013
    So, very strange but oddly compelling--rather like Mr Haines himself.
  7. 80
    While this might not be among the (minimum) of three absolute masterpieces he’s created over the last two decades (pick your own), it deserves your full attention, indulgence and sick laughter all the very same.
  8. 80
    It offers an engagement with the notion of music as a lived obsession that far outstrips their mostly meagre intentions.
  9. Aug 7, 2013
    He's in playful mood and the tunes certainly don't suffer as a result.
  10. Within the first 60 seconds it's alluded to Blue Peter and Taxi Driver in successive lines. Wind in the Willows it ain't.

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