Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. An impressive look at Malin's musical maturation.
  2. Blender
    70
    Malin convincingly wraps his tortured warble around the dust-caked tunes. [#14, p.139]
  3. Thankfully, Malin has the heart -- and the tunes -- to pull off the tattered-troubadour trip.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Malin and Adams have managed to create a record whose fearless classicism is all part of the point. [Dec 2002, p.114]
  5. Rich in heart-rending beauty, tough-but-lovable gutter poetry, and plenty of genuine emotion.
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    These folk and country-tinged tunes are melodic, deft and emotive. [Dec 2002, p.108]
  7. It's Malin's personal reflections, such as growing up a child of divorce in the Seventies in "Almost Grown," that give Fine Art its soul.
  8. Uncut
    100
    The Fine Art of Self Destruction is one of those amazing records that appear seemingly out of nowhere... that within a couple of plays sound already like something you've been listening to for years. [Album of the Month, Dec 2002, p.128]
  9. The voice asserts itself as the record sinks in, however, and not only does each song stand out, but the production variegates a sonic grandeur grounded in the rock verities.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. OrlaM
    Mar 25, 2003
    9
    Absolutley fantastic! I first heard about Jesse at a Ryan Adams Gig in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin last November and was more that impressed Absolutley fantastic! I first heard about Jesse at a Ryan Adams Gig in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin last November and was more that impressed with his lyrics & singing. We are big fans now, more recently saw Jesse in the "Village", Dublin in March! He was amazing playing acoustic last November, but even more so with his band! Congratulations on a great CD, roll on the next concert! Thanks for the music, Orla. xx ( I reserved the 10/10 vote for Ryan Adams, but Jesse is a close 9!) Full Review »
  2. ReggieE
    Mar 12, 2003
    9
    I know, I know the voice ain't too pretty but neither is life. The songs grow on you though and Ryan Adams' production is I know, I know the voice ain't too pretty but neither is life. The songs grow on you though and Ryan Adams' production is top-notched. This will be THE sleeper album of the year. Full Review »