Rocket Juice & the Moon - Rocket Juice & the Moon
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    83
    With a supporting cast that includes Erykah Badu and low-end czar Thundercat, the resulting 18-song album is a shockingly listenable mixtape session of the gods.
  2. 80
    It all comes together more fruitfully on the ensuing "Hey, Shooter." [...] From there, it gets more fecund than ever.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    The musicality and effervescent spirit are the qualities that abide.
  4. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    An 18-track adventure into the joyous heart of classic African funk as colorful as the jacket it is dressed in.
  5. May 4, 2012
    70
    It's easy to see how one could criticize the album for being somewhat formless or aimless at points, but that just feels like missing the point. The loose grooves and improvisational feel are what it's all about... It's still a great listen, and a great time.
  6. Apr 19, 2012
    70
    May be the most forward-looking music you hear all year.
  7. Apr 6, 2012
    70
    This debut album sounds as charmingly casual as its inception. [May 2012, p.80]
  8. Mar 29, 2012
    70
    This loose, adventurous collection of songs is more vital than many of the other overcooked projects that Rocket Juice's main players have been involved in during the 2000s and 2010s.
  9. 70
    The result is a highly enjoyable album of Afrobeat music accented with edgy bass and artsy guitar/synth melodies.
  10. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    A genuinely enjoyable find.
  11. May 2, 2012
    68
    This album doesn't suck... it's just boring.
  12. Mar 28, 2012
    63
    Trim away the fat, and you're left with a strong nine-or-ten-track album, or (better yet) an absolutely stellar EP.
  13. Mar 22, 2012
    61
    Rocket Juice & the Moon feels like a decent record, but an unfocused, meandering one.
  14. Mar 26, 2012
    60
    While there are moments when everything falls into place (the Erykah Badu-assisted "Hey, Shooter"; a rare Albarn vocal on "Poison"; the sense of space on "Extinguished"), too often technical proficiency trumps songwriting.
  15. Mar 26, 2012
    60
    A little more focus and coherency would've made it a great record rather than a good one, but as an intriguing curiosity it is another excellent addition to Albarn's ever-growing list of projects.
  16. Mar 23, 2012
    60
    Rocket Juice & the Moon is a sincere and charming homage to Afrobeat, one that provides a glut of alluring moments, if a shortage of truly memorable ones.
  17. Mar 22, 2012
    60
    Hypnotic, doomy, edgy, but strangely forgettable, too. [Apr 2012, p.84]
  18. 50
    Albarn's best work has cheek, wit and a smart-alecky desire to shake things up. All this reverence doesn't really suit him.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 26, 2012
    6
    This album lacked a lot for me... It could have been very promising if there were more intricate elements added to the sound of each song. For me, the bass line in most of the songs were very repetitive and there were way too many filler songs in between. I also thought that Damon Albarn would be singing more of the songs (instead of two!). So, overall... it's not a bad album, but it could be much better. Full Review »