Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It is hard to really know if there is a place for cricket concept albums. Certainly there's a time and a place for them and at the start of an Ashes summer is just that--it's perfect timing from Hannon and Walsh.
  2. Uncut
    60
    The songs are often gently ironic '70s orchestral pop with overtones of striped caps and Edwardian moustaches. [Aug 2009, p.90]
  3. The record lurches between cliched harpsichord-driven ditties and cringeworthy soft-rock pop songs that rely on the inventiveness of their concept over the originality of their music.
  4. Mojo
    40
    Unfortunately, much of the rest veers from lightweight to teeth-grindingly irritating, suggesting a private joke that perhaps would have been best left in private. [Sep 2009, p.93]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 13, 2013
    10
    There's a great idea and a half suicide beyond the publication of a concept album about cricket in the year 2009. However, the challenge isThere's a great idea and a half suicide beyond the publication of a concept album about cricket in the year 2009. However, the challenge is taken and won: every single song has a per-sè musical background, resulting in a history in perfect 70s concept-style, enjoyable also by the non cricket-players (and especially by non-anymore-young ears). Great pop riffs/lines, superb arrangements. On the top of all this, you can even learn cricket if you didn't have the chance to (outside the irish-british world is not that common).
    Special mention to "Meeting Mr. Miandad" and "Age of revolution", which are (not by chance) the two singles taken from the album, but also "The sweet spot", "Gentlemen and players", "Jiggery pockery".. to make the long story short, the whole album is well structured. You'll find yourself to whistle the tunes, guaranteed!
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  2. Tony
    Oct 4, 2009
    9
    Absolute enjoyment.
  3. S.U.
    Sep 28, 2009
    9
    Regardless of the subject matter, if Neil Hannon has a hand in it, you would do well to listen.