Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Few, if any of 2009's more high profile rock releases could match the adrenalin charge of Death's 34 year-old debut. [Mar 2011, p.114]
  2. Feb 1, 2011
    75
    Nothing on the new set is as mind-blowing as The Whole World's alternately assaultive and trippy Politicians In My Eyes, but in some ways, the Hackneys sounded even more ahead of their time when they were just dicking around.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    Little was done to clean them up: they're rough, woolly, and loose, but they rock.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    We get a brief chance to eavesdrop on a band of unique genius at its most raw, its most prankish and its most fun. It almost makes up for the chills, the sweat and the free cans of watery domestic.
  5. Mar 9, 2011
    60
    Though the closing bass and drum solos aren't essential listening, this slate of recordings provides a welcome addition to the slight catalog of a band that deserves to have been name-dropped by punk historians for years. [Feb 2011, p.74]
  6. Feb 1, 2011
    60
    The collection is a little frontloaded, petering out with some tracks of solo guitar, bass and drums. [Feb 2011, p.82]
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    This set of hissy practice tapes varies greatly in quality with the demented trashing of a Beatles melody on "The Masks" and the snotty sneer of "Can You Give Me a Thrill???" abutting stoned instrumentals and solo noodling.
  8. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    Spiritual-Mental-Physical is occasionally slight, and there are fewer developed ideas than a real album release; for every punk etching on the wall, there is an aimless jam that was undoubtedly more fun to play than listen to.
  9. Mar 4, 2011
    56
    The surviving Hackneys-bassist/singer Bobby and drummer Dannis-sifted through their early jams, rehearsals and demos for this ragged set of odds and ends.
  10. Feb 1, 2011
    53
    Spiritual, Mental, Physical-- a follow-up collection of grotty practice tapes and studio goofs culled from a set of tape reels recently unearthed in a Detroit basement-- is a bit less awe-inspiring.
  11. Jan 28, 2011
    50
    The band has undeniable horsepower, driven mostly by Dannis's fantastic drumming, and that strength shows itself in a few key moments here, but the collection is unfortunately padded with half an album's worth of inconsequential rehearsal extracts.
  12. Jan 27, 2011
    50
    As a stand-alone collection though, it's vexingly stunted, and padded out with a few unnecessary additions to fill out its barely 30-minute run time.
  13. Jan 27, 2011
    50
    What Spiritual, Mental, Physical documents is a group kicking around possibilities that could go somewhere great, but as they appear here, only a handful of these half-cooked ideas deserve an audience.

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