Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A mellow, slightly sub-decent album delivered at the wrong time.
  2. An ambitious and artful set of songs.
  3. The result is a grand step back into listenability.
  4. If you didn't like Joan Of Arc, this album still might not win you over, but it definitely strays away from the sheer oddness of their last couple releases.
  5. It's hardly the pop album the liner notes indicate, but it's sweetly spellbinding, slouching toward another corner of the underground. [Mar 2003, p.92]
  6. 80
    Still very much on the cerebral side of math-pop, Joan Of Arc have rarely sounded so open and welcoming. [Feb 2003, p.91]
  7. Flashes of the energy and precision JOA exhibit in the live forum are, arguably for the first time, perfectly realized here.
  8. A welcome return to somewhat traditional songwriting.
  9. Whether you find Kinsella's brand of experimental pop insufferably pretentious or delightfully challenging (I find it a bit of both), you have to give the man credit for his vision.
  10. It might sound unbearably contrived, but the combination of crystalline guitar, sly time signatures and Kinsella's stream of consciousness lyrical musings makes for an unexpectedly coherent whole. [#229, p.68]
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  1. BrandonS.
    Oct 24, 2003
    9
    Good CD.