• Record Label: Epic
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2012
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 75
    With her manic lowbrow sass - tiresome at length but lovable on singles like "Want U Back"--she makes these street-laced pop tracks her own
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    70
    It all adds up to a sassy, splashy modern pop album that rattles through its 10 tracks in a dash under 35 minutes.
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    60
    There are times throughout its ten tracks when Lloyd does appear to be testing the patience of even her most ardent fans.
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    60
    You end up with an album that tells you nothing about Cher Lloyd and everything about the people around her: specifically, that the dominant force in British pop music doesn't appear to have a clue about pop music.
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    60
    The X Factor contestant's first album is an exhausting, if lovable mess of cartoon-bright, turbo-charged grime-pop.
  6. 50
    Cher's not proved herself nimble enough to be more than roadkill beneath its wheels.
  7. Nov 28, 2011
    40
    After a promising opening trio of tracks, Sticks + Stones wanes badly, and begins to sound more and more like it's been focus-grouped by industry executives in pursuit of a quick buck until there's barely any semblance of character left.
  8. All Syco needed to do was reprise her staggering first TV audition. Astonishingly, they've dropped the ball.
  9. 20
    the only real flashes of character come from the reworked riffs of Old Neneh Cherry and Ann Peebles hits used on a couple of tracks.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Feb 26, 2012
    2
    Overall, 'Sticks & Stones' is pretty much everything thatâ
  2. Oct 12, 2012
    5
    "Unfortunately, [Sticks + Stones] isn't much of a great debut. It contains songs like "Want U Back" and "With Ur Love" that are really fine"Unfortunately, [Sticks + Stones] isn't much of a great debut. It contains songs like "Want U Back" and "With Ur Love" that are really fine bubbly pop radio tunes, but the album together is just a problem waiting to happen." Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2012
    2
    Hurry up Cher, it's been months since your X Factor trip, people are starting to forget about you! Just do a shallow pop album to appeaseHurry up Cher, it's been months since your X Factor trip, people are starting to forget about you! Just do a shallow pop album to appease them.. like now!! Full Review »