Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    He cross-fades scratch solos and oddball sound bites like he's trying to win a DJ battle and top the Down Beat poll at the same time. [Jan 2004, p.100]
  2. Shows a serious artist crafting his medium.
  3. Goofy sonic collages that won't get any parties started but will amaze you with their stunning is-it-live-or-is-it-turntable tricks. [10 Oct 2003, p.125]
  4. 80
    Koala's comic gestures serve a humble purpose, masking the technical precision that underpins his work. [Nov 2003, p.88]
  5. Koala contours his cuddly cuts for the ADD set. [Nov 2003, p.118]
  6. A quietly masterful concoction. [#236, p.62]
  7. In many ways, Some of My Best Friends Are DJs is little more than a brief comedy album, filled with strange samples of eccentric characters pontificating on their record collections and audio systems.
  8. This is a record stuffed with fun and joy and magic for all the family.
  9. 70
    Muscially adventurous and fun. [Nov 2003, p.114]
  10. If Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs doesn’t do anything that wasn’t done on his enthralling 2000 LP Carpal Tunnel Syndrome -- and if, at a scant 35 minutes, it’s almost over before you notice it’s on -- it’s still worth hearing.
  11. Moments of playful mixing magic are at times followed by baffling inanity.
  12. The release has a great sense of humor, and the entire thing is scattered with those weird little samples that he's so good at finding, but if you're looking for much more than that, you may find yourself disappointed.
  13. Cool but slight. [#5, p.101]
  14. It's essentially ambient comedy cabaret. [Nov 2003, p.117]
  15. Anyone searching for a wholly absorbing listening experience should look (and listen) elsewhere.
  16. There appears to be no point or cohesive structure to it whatsoever.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. TurkRocks
    Nov 15, 2006
    This is good!!! Wow! ^-^ I think gorillaz is really going to go some where. Now, what they need to do is come here to America - hit us up with a few more big songs, and then from there continue on with domination. America is one of the most influential countries when it comes to music - we touch all over from Mexico, to Canada - India to Malesya, Austrialia to Africa! Gorillaz is already a hit here with some (ME! For example!), if you could give it that last push Gorillaz will win over the continent! Gorillaz - Original, beautiful, wonderful. Full Review »
  2. freecoffeefree
    Jun 11, 2004
    kid koala is special as he's trying to do something which is kinda different from other great turntablists........he's not doing high speed cuts and he's more into sampling funny and weird sound which is quite unique indeed......the main problem is once u wanted more, the disc stopped that u might replay it again....but soon u get bored.....i'm quite certain this guys have idea to sell, at least should be more than 35 mins with an additional selfdrawn comic..... in my opinion, if u are very into his stuff, pls hunt down his live performance stuff [on sharefile network] he's real talent in turntablism Full Review »
  3. DavidF
    Nov 20, 2003
    Excellent need to hear it for what it is...a different way to enjoy music. Music is making noises that all fit in together somehow into something that makes sense and sounds good.....thought the album was great Full Review »