Sex with an X

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2010
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. With much to enjoy on this collection that has preceded their goodbye it would be music's loss if this were to once again genuinely signal the end of this quirky, characterful band.
  2. Uncut
    60
    The Vaselines were more of an idea than a reality, but this revival, with Kelly joined by founding member Frances McKee, Belle And Sebastian's Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea, plus 1990s drummer Michael McGaughrin, shows they have finally perfected the art of being Just Dumb Enough. [Sep 2010, p.108]
  3. Mojo
    60
    Kurt Cobain-worshipped Glaswegians' break 20-year silence. [Oct. 2010, p. 92]
  4. Sex with an X is a clear case of The Vaselines boldly going where they have gone before - most of the record more than stands up to many of the nuggets in their tiny back catalog - but maybe that's okay; maybe it's better to have them as they were than to not have them at all.
  5. Better late than never, it's one of the moments when the Vaselines strike the right chord on a somewhat uneven effort, as they show that holding on to fond memories isn't necessarily at odds with making new ones.
  6. 58
    Yet as delectable as the melodies are, Sex with an X seems like it's all been done before--and in fact, we know that it has.
  7. Under The Radar
    50
    Sadly, Sex With An X feels force, and while it isn't a bad record per se, when held up to the lofty standard of such a great back discography, it just feels staid and inoffensive. [Summer 2010, p.81]
  8. Q Magazine
    40
    The rumble of My God's bigger Than Your God offers some respite, but can't save a disappointing return. [Oct 2010, p.121]
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  1. Jul 1, 2011
    5
    It's pleasant enough but most of the joy comes from seeing the duo back together and not from the songs themselves. Download "Ruined" and "IIt's pleasant enough but most of the joy comes from seeing the duo back together and not from the songs themselves. Download "Ruined" and "I Hate The 80s." Full Review »