• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2006
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16

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  1. MarcH
    Jul 20, 2006
    4
    This album is terrible compared to their last. They went from hard hitting, spacey rock to BORING in one album. Such a disappointment.
  2. rb
    Apr 28, 2006
    6
    Not what I expected. The first album had a nice mix of heavy "one louder" type songs with mellower pieces. The new album stays more even keel. When listening to the first album, I could think of Black Sabbath influence. The new album is more Mercury Rev with long quiet intros. Overall, an enjoyable headphones album with too much production.
  3. RichardH
    Apr 27, 2007
    6
    What a letdown. I loved Now Here is Nowhere and thought that the Secret Machines were poised for big things, but this album left me scratching my head. The best parts of the original album were the throbbing rhythms. Sadly, this new disk is mixed so that the drums are almost an afterthought. The only song that captured the sound that I dug in the past album was "Daddy's in the What a letdown. I loved Now Here is Nowhere and thought that the Secret Machines were poised for big things, but this album left me scratching my head. The best parts of the original album were the throbbing rhythms. Sadly, this new disk is mixed so that the drums are almost an afterthought. The only song that captured the sound that I dug in the past album was "Daddy's in the Doldrums" which was a pretty good listen, but none of the other songs jumped out at me. I'm going to give this CD some time to change my mind, but so far I'm disappointed at the step back that this band has apparently taken. Expand
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Uncut
    80
    If there's any justice, the stadiums of tomorrow await them. [Apr 2006, p.105]
  2. The result is a spiritual sibling to such previous great, emotionally raw ruminations on shattered personal lives as Phil Collins' Face Value and Beck's Sea Change.
  3. Under The Radar
    80
    A surprisingly strong and confident record. [#13, p.88]