Room On Fire

  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2003
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. A roaring opener, a trio of great potential singles and a remarkable slow number successfully divert attention from the fact that half of Room on Fire is uninspired filler.
  2. Magnet
    60
    There's something undeniably mechanical about Room On Fire. [#61, p.107]
  3. Blender
    60
    The fine distinction between cool and blase, aloof and distant, seems to have eluded them. [Nov 2003, p.106]
  4. Even the half-hearted retreads ("You Talk Way Too Much," "Between Love & Hate") cashing in on the notoriously unwashed NYC quintet's debut can't muster a wink.
  5. There's nothing about the quintet's second album that audibly acknowledges the impact of its debut.
  6. The central flaw of Room on Fire is the lack of hooks.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 263 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 115
  2. Negative: 10 out of 115
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    10
    7 years out and I'm going to write a review, just to bump this albums rating up. It's solid all the way through, Meet Me In The Bathroom is7 years out and I'm going to write a review, just to bump this albums rating up. It's solid all the way through, Meet Me In The Bathroom is the only weak song, but the other 10 are all perfect in my mind. Just let some of them grow on you and you'll have this album as one of your new favourites. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    9
    Full of great tracks this is a really excellent album that hasn't really received the credit it deserves. If you haven't listened to it for aFull of great tracks this is a really excellent album that hasn't really received the credit it deserves. If you haven't listened to it for a while give it another shot as there as some great tracks on it and very little filler. Full Review »
  3. OliverP
    Jun 3, 2005
    3
    The idea is not a bad one, but the same idea is repeated over and over. On 12:51, Julian Casablancas must be the only singer I have ever The idea is not a bad one, but the same idea is repeated over and over. On 12:51, Julian Casablancas must be the only singer I have ever heard who sounds just like another guitar. One of the most over-rated bands around. Full Review »