Scandalous - Black Joe Lewis
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    100
    Scandalous, though a natural progression, takes some surprising turns that attest to a tightened-up band still figuring out just how much dy-no-mite they're capable of exploding.
  2. Mar 18, 2011
    83
    This is a party record, wholly unconcerned with painstakingly recreating the past (à la Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) or pushing the genre into the future (à la Cee Lo or Janelle Monae).
  3. Apr 8, 2011
    80
    Scandalous is the soundtrack to your next party. In fact, after giving it a spin or two, you might just throw a party in its honor. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, no doubt, would approve.
  4. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    More of the same from Black Joe Lewis – and this is a good thing.
  5. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    A lot of bands pepper blues and soul influences into their work, but Joe Lewis is genuinely capturing the spirit of those styles and making them relevant to modern audiences. No easy feat, and it's damn fun hearing him do it
  6. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    In a word, Scandalous most certainly is; it's a party record that bleeds Saturday night into Sunday morning and beyond.
  7. Mar 18, 2011
    79
    Scandalous isn't a throwback, it's a throw forward.
  8. 70
    The thoroughly engaging Scandalous certainly satisfying one's hunger for some stick-to-your-ribs rock 'n' soul music. The band, however, seems approaching a crossroads. They definitely demonstrate their skills at successfully reviving these retro sounds but they are still striving to find their own special voice.
  9. Mar 17, 2011
    70
    Though indebted to the brassy blasts and pleading yelps of James Brown, as well as the riffs of the MC5 and Stooges, Lewis and Co. avoid sounding either self-consciously retro or awkwardly modern on Scandalous.
  10. Mar 17, 2011
    67
    Scandalous doesn't venture far from its home turf, but that's because Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears' brand of Southern soul is a breath of nightclub air just how you need it.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 15, 2011
    9
    Black Joe Lewis's Scandalous is a fun, raw, soulful and blusey album. And it is immediately good...no listens are necessary for the album to warm up to you. BJL's energy on the album gives you a good idea of how great their live performances will be. Full Review »