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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 99 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 88 out of 99
  2. Negative: 3 out of 99

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  1. BenJ
    Aug 12, 2005
    3
    Rather than trying to copy Joy Division then seem happier aping Interpol. Altogether, a very poor cliched record.
  2. KreshnakKrake
    Aug 15, 2005
    2
    It's a great pity that Editors try to copy Interpol this bad. I think a band should have it's own style. And i'm pretty sure Editors would be creative and inspiring if they would try to develop their own style. But they don't. Too bad. This band doesn't inspire me at all.
  3. MisterThomYorke
    Mar 24, 2006
    2
    How Antics should have turned out? Antics was fantastic. Back Room is not so much. These are just copies of copiers and not even half as talented. I'm not sure what that equals mathmatically but I'm saying its probably 2. If you loved this you probably get off to She Wants Revenge also. This is watered down crap.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. As much as The Back Room is a victory for style, it also strikes a blow for substance. [Aug 2005, p.135]
  2. "The Back Room" is, principally, a triumph.
  3. It’s how Interpol would sound like if they dealt with universal themes and reflection rather than singing about fellatio fantasies with Stella, or their length of loves.