Share the Joy

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Mojo
    May 18, 2011
    60
    Though the Vivs pride themselves on DIY charm, they're becoming scarily cogent. [May 2011, p.110]
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    60
    Share the Joy is an obvious reaction to the once-underground movement that is now bloated with wannabe's and imposers.
  3. 60
    Ultimately, this album will not convince any non-believers. But fans will find a lot to love, and perhaps even notice and enjoy the increased quality of musicianship as they bask in that all-girl garage-fuzz-pop glow and inch towards a future in hi-fi.
  4. Apr 8, 2011
    60
    Share The Joy sees our own Vivians enter into a similar contretemps: locking horns with death and with demons (literally, on "Trying To Pretend"), they achieve a narrative victory that nonetheless remains, for the auditor, a work in progress.
  5. Apr 8, 2011
    60
    It does eventually resolve into "I Heard You Say," a dash of wintry Mamas and Papas pop. Sadly, the trio regresses from there, simply shining up versions of the same old loose, punky love songs they've been hawking for years.
  6. Apr 11, 2011
    59
    It's easy to see Share the Joy's place in the Vivian Girls discography, but their place in indie rock as a whole is becoming less clear.
  7. Apr 11, 2011
    50
    Share The Joy finds Vivian Girls trying to broaden their scope and missing the mark a bit. Certainly, fans of the band will find something to like.
  8. Apr 12, 2011
    48
    Combining swelling '60s throwback harmonies and the sweet, swift wit of '50s songwriting, they parlay clich├ęd notions into winning melodies.
  9. This album would not be selling or gaining attention if the band consisted of either of the aforementioned, proving that Share the Joy is nothing worth rejoicing.
  10. Apr 12, 2011
    42
    Like a broken record, Vivian Girls appear doomed to repeat themselves.

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