Skeletons

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Jun 16, 2009
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. So, though it’ll be a while before they shake off the inevitable age fixation, TMOT have produced an album that’s a stroke of genius regardless of age.
  2. It's this Grand Royal mish-mash style of mixing genres that makes this such a fun, cartoonish, joy ride.
  3. It’s short (11 songs in 26 minutes), produced on Garageband, and endlessly earnest throughout every bit of its electro-inflected garage rock.
  4. Like Tiny Masters, these kids are at that enviable point when all this seems fresh and new. You can almost see the process of discovery burning brightly in their eyes. Skeletons perfectly captures that moment.
  5. Skeletons is more developed and more assured than their debut, but the band predictably has room for growth.
  6. 60
    Although at times the tunes become monotonous, the brother and sister group show that they’re going to be around for a hot minute, cranking out anti-Disney channel ditties in the name of all things punk.
  7. 60
    The Brooklyn siblings forgo their 2007 album’s rock star cameos (Karen O, Gibby Haynes, Fred Schneider) and funnel their adolescent aggravations into nippy punk rousers, where closet monsters and rich kids alike get served a scuzzy skewering.
  8. The overall effect of Skeletons is akin to being poked and prodded by a bratty child for over half an hour.
  9. Uncut
    40
    It's an energetic and clattering punk listen, topped by Ada's louche vocals, but suffers from over-exhuberance in its production. [Jul 2009, p.101]
  10. There is an alarming lack of imagination in evidence on Skeletons, and virtually nothing in the way of strong emotion.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. TimH
    Jul 29, 2009
    0
    I understand Metacritic's influence on indie bands, and how it is one of only a few ways indie bands are covered in the mainstream I understand Metacritic's influence on indie bands, and how it is one of only a few ways indie bands are covered in the mainstream media, but why are two kids who cranked out some "anti-disney" music on their GarageBand software given any coverage whatsoever? This disc is a disgusting waste of space that reflects poorly on the judgment of those managing this site. And the idea of calling this punk makes me want to turn up The Sex Pistols to 11 and blow my ear drums out. Full Review »