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Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 88
    The trio's strongest asset has always been inspired, thoughtfully crafted pop songs, which Share the Joy should finally make clear.
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    80
    So where the Share the Joy may inhabit a broad spectrum of emotions, inflicted with anxiety in places and rife with The Vivs' trademark wit, ultimately, it can be viewed as a shiny beacon of joy in an ever growing climate of discontent.
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    80
    Not many bands can recover from a disastrous album and come back better than ever. Thanks to some hard work and good choices, you can add Vivian Girls to that short list.
  4. Apr 8, 2011
    80
    If you get past this wall of noise, only bothering to burden Share the Joy for a freaky sixteen seconds, you'll find a record contained within its little motto, the noise dropped, the joy shared tenfold, the delightful "Dance (If You Wanna)" circling our heads, encouraging us with a smile.
  5. May 12, 2011
    74
    What's key is they remain as disaffected as brother band Crystal Stilts, and cling to longing, woozy Slumberland vibes without fear of brighter tones, trendy surf and obvious, intelligible lyrics (little more than an amusing addition).
  6. Apr 18, 2011
    74
    Share the Joy represents growth for Vivian Girls, though they're not totally there yet.
  7. Jun 24, 2011
    70
    If Share the Joy is the direction Vivian Girls are going in, I'm interested in seeing how it plays out.
  8. 70
    It has taken Brooklyn's Vivian Girls three albums to expand their musicality beyond the (unquestionably ace, but repetitive) garage racket that characterised their last two.
  9. Apr 14, 2011
    70
    The girls have made strides in bookending the album with tracks that are longer than six minutes-quite different from its usual two to three minutes-but the next step is to use the extended time to explore what else they could do with it.
  10. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    It's hard not to acknowledge that Share the Joy is Vivian Girls' best crafted, most cohesive effort yet.
  11. Apr 26, 2011
    65
    The overall result is pleasant yet hardly exceptional.
  12. May 18, 2011
    60
    Though the Vivs pride themselves on DIY charm, they're becoming scarily cogent. [May 2011, p.110]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Apr 12, 2011
    42
    Like a broken record, Vivian Girls appear doomed to repeat themselves.

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