• Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Mar 5, 2002
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Underscoring the songwriting skill he's been working at since age eight and over the course of 11 songs, he plays acoustic, folk-rock, alternative, power pop, and straight-ahead rock; his lyrics are consistently heart-sung but they aren't lite (he's got weight and bite too).
  2. Melodically, this matches The Lemonheads at their best. [Aug 2002, p.126]
  3. Granted, Kweller is still searching for an unique voice, as his music still wears its roots a little too blatantly, but he’s definitely on the right track.
  4. 70
    An eclectic, enjoyable array of quirky tunes.
  5. He has composed devastatingly clever lyrics to go with music that completely rocks out, tugs at your heartstrings, or both.
  6. The charm of both Kweller and his songs lies in their vulnerability, which is covered up here with drums and mildly abrasive guitar chords, rather than sitting in plain view on chirping and squeaking acoustic guitar strings.
  7. 70
    Ten years from now, someone will stumble across this in a thift shop, buy on a whim and be thrilled. [Sep 2002, p.96]
  8. Slightly-too-frequent derivative moments can be mostly forgiven thanks to heaping helpings of youthful earnestness.
  9. What 20-year-old Kweller lacks in crafting his own sound, he makes up for in crafting virulently infectious hooks, the kind that find you singing along despite the fact that you only have a tenuous grasp on the lyrics.
  10. A solo charm assault with mixed results.
  11. But for all its feel-good factor and predominantly strong songwriting, 'Sha Sha' does have its forgettable filler tracks and near-misses and generally needs a stronger, more individual voice to help it stand out from an already heaving crowd of young American singer/songwriters.
  12. 50
    Three or four songs short of a really strong album. [Oct 2002, p.107]
  13. While Sha Sha is certainly ripe with hooks and strong in stylistic concept, the songs are woefully one-dimensional and marred by immaturity.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    5
    sha sha isn't a bad album but the title track among others are too long for my tastes and don't lend themselves to getting replayed. i maysha sha isn't a bad album but the title track among others are too long for my tastes and don't lend themselves to getting replayed. i may want to hear the album once in a year and have no subsequent desire to hear it again Full Review »
  2. hellokitty
    May 24, 2005
    10
    awesome cd... my favorite
  3. JohnL
    Jun 5, 2004
    10
    It's awesome.