The Bronx III - The Bronx

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 80
    If the spirit of punk and the brawn of US hardcore is to be found anywhere today then it is in this, the third dazzling full-length album by The Bronx. [Jan 2008, p.110]
  2. 80
    The band's third self-titled album deviates not an inch from the brutal style that's served them well since 2002. [Holiday 2008, p.92]
  3. This album is the sound of just scraping by with a shitty job but not letting it get you down because there’s more than enough beer and guitars to make life worthwhile. Maybe in the next life or maybe in another world, but for right now The Bronx are right now. Welcome back, boys. We missed you.
  4. It’s still a brilliantly sleazy punk rock’n’roll album that feels, sounds and smells just like you want The Bronx to be, and the fact it’s so pure and elemental works strongly in its favour.
  5. Nevertheless, the casual listener will have little to soak up from here, only surface bruising. The masochists amongst us already know we’re gonna get our kicks from this.
  6. 70
    Here they dial down the Black Flag–derived chaos of "The Bronx (I)" and "(II)," unleashing sharper melodies and boogie rhythms that Axl Rose might've admired before getting cornrows.
  7. The Bronx III shouldn't be perceived as a misstep, because this band's growing pains have more character than the parade of desperate losers saddled with pay-to-play blues lined up in front of L.A.'s Roxy Theatre. [Dec 2008, p.129]
  8. The Bronx III is muscular and solid and is, more often than not, good clean fun.
  9. A short and sharp, but ultimately shockless, album that would have benefited from changing its tune once in a while. [Feb 2009, p.112]
  10. You can't help but feel that had they cut loose more often--as they do on the album's highlight, 'Ship High in Transit'--and put a bit more punk in their rock, they would have made the record they'd like us to believe they did.
  11. The Bronx’s third self-titled album sounds a little too comfortable.
  12. Certainly the LA punk mob have a free-spirited approach to life – as rebellious and American as the Stooges or Jack Kerouac – and every bit as compelling.
  13. Several songs will get your blood pumping; the rest will let you practice your Bronx cheer.
  14. Not many tricks up their sleeves on this album. The Bronx make more of the same noisy, aggressive songs on an album with the same title as their last two.
  15. A return to DIY hardcore aesthetics may find this ferocity translated to record--a quality that is regrettably smothered by an ill-advised rock ’n’ roll swagger and a sterile production.
  16. 40
    For some of the mercifully brief 33 minutes and 43 seconds of this album there is some merit in the messiness of this L.A. four-piece's palette of punk powerchords and sustained hoarseness. [Jan 2008, p.88]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. SamT.
    Nov 23, 2008
    I'm one of the few that felt The Bronx II was as good as effort number one. Whilst I may be in a minority, I feel the band did well to I'm one of the few that felt The Bronx II was as good as effort number one. Whilst I may be in a minority, I feel the band did well to evolve musically and move on into new territory. The problem with The Bronx III though, is that the Bronx seem to have hit a wall. Some songs are jumbled - through both composition or structure and leave you feeling slightly dissatisfied with the overall sound of the album. For an album that only lasts 35 minutes, this can be devastating. However, with The Bronx, stating that their latest effort isn't as good as their previous work still leaves them head and shoulders above most of the stuff that comes out in this genre. Fans will fall in love with this... It's worth buying, just pick up the other two first. Full Review »