The Babies - The Babies
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    80
    The Babies' debut, released on the long-running Shrimper label, speaks well of collaboration. The album succeeds by touching on the hallmarks of both bands' sounds, while standing strong on its own thanks to some unexpected touches of true rock 'n' roll grit.
  2. Feb 24, 2011
    80
    Kind of like Brooklyn, which wants you to think it doesn't care what you think, The Babies are impressively adept at making it look easy, at making it look like they're not trying too hard. The truth is that there's as much skill and passion going into this slumming side-project than most full-time bands could hope for.
  3. Feb 24, 2011
    75
    As with many similarly off-the-cuff projects, The Babies aren't as good as its parent bands. But that doesn't diminish the irony that these two backward-glancing musicians have wound up-perhaps by accident-making an album that inches toward timelessness.
  4. The Babies is a worthwhile enough diversion to make me genuinely excited for the next Vivian Girls record, and think that maybe Morby should stay in the spotlight and ask Woods to find a new bassist.
  5. Feb 24, 2011
    70
    This is a solid half-hour of garage-y indie rock that is usually catchy, occasionally great, and pretty much always competent.
  6. Feb 24, 2011
    70
    While the record may just seem like a pleasant diversion for two friends glad to have a chance to hang out and make music, it turns out to be fun for everyone else as well.
  7. 70
    The Babies is non-stop fun, refreshing in its straightforward approach and uncompromising energy.
  8. Feb 24, 2011
    58
    So they've made made a spotty but occasionally quite successful record, complicated considerably by Ramone's take-them-or-leave-them vocals, still the kind of thing only those with their minds already made up could truly love. You expected something else?
  9. Feb 24, 2011
    50
    The good news is that, at times, the Babies break from this trend. Ramone and Morby challenge each other's approaches to songwriting and performing, and the results are electric and lasting. In other places, perhaps too many, they indulge established habits. While those moments don't always fail, they certainly don't give us anything new.

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