Temple Beautiful - Chuck Prophet
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    90
    It is the details that make Prophet explode.
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    Above all it rocks. A hooky, memorable album. [May 2012, p.87]
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    He never strays outside his comfort zone, but the strongest moments ... have a familiar charm. [April 2012, p.102]
  4. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    It's a feast of contextual songwriting and sizzling guitar. [Apr 2012, p.83]
  5. Mar 10, 2012
    80
    On one hand, it's raw and stripped down, but on the other it's expertly crafted.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Temple Beautiful is the product you expect from this highly original and creative artist.
  7. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Temple Beautiful is the sound of a mature rock'n'roller continuing to reach for new heights.
  8. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    mately, despite his loftier intentions, this works perfectly well as another excellent Chuck Prophet collection that for most listeners only marginally adheres to its stated concept but is no less impressive because of that.
  9. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Temple Beautiful is a wonderfully eloquent depiction of, and dedication to, the wildness of his adopted city, a bittersweet ode to the feral nature of urban living amongst the greats and the not-so-greats, the wannabes and the has-beens.
  10. Mar 15, 2012
    78
    As with any Prophet effort, themes are at times tangential to the rock, and he rocks in a way that seems almost anachronistic these days.
  11. Mar 2, 2012
    70
    Chuck has made us a fun, tuneful rock 'n' roll record that's both straight from the gut and as wonderfully curved as the city which inspired it.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 10, 2012
    8
    This is for the old fans who miss graham parker, who love singer/songwriters with wit and bite and a message. It is a bit like the angry elvis costello. The music is literate, it includes many styles, it is imbued with heart, and deserves a greater audience. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    7
    Chuck Prophet known for his activity in the group Green on Red in the '80 decided to release an album dedicated to the family San Francisco and I must admit that he did it with style. The album is very melodic, it is full of distinctive add-ons in foreground like mini-solo's of instruments or vocals - the whole album is maintained in carefree atmosphere that lets you enjoy the songs. Among the alternative sounds also you can find accents such as the classic "Museum of Broken Hearts," blues "Willie Mays Is Up At Bat" or referring to the country "I Felt Like Jesus". Full Review »