The Heat - Jesse Malin

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    Whereas the fucked-up, punk attitude [Ryan] Adams feigned on Rock'n'Roll was based on little more than pique, The Heat is all genuine passion, brimming with energy, anger and great tunes sandwiched between the dense guitars. [Jul 2004, p.114]
  2. With the current renaissance of the one-man band genre, it's pleasing to see that we now have a modern-day figurehead worthy of rock’s glorious past.
  3. Far from being a one-note repetition of life in the Big City, Malin's production has turned The Heat into a multifaceted rock and roll onslaught.
  4. The Heat doesn’t offer a dramatic change from its predecessor stylistically.... What it does have is more energy, better material and more focus.
  5. The Heat compares favorably to PJ Harvey’s Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, offering the same NYCentric references (“9-11 baby boom”), gruff, understated guitar work and narrative aptitude. These are Malin’s stories from the city and they don’t disappoint.
  6. These are familiar tales of lost women and running men, but the sting and color in Malin's language and voice put you right by his side in these noisy bars and deserted bedrooms.
  7. Overall, it's a solid, unashamedly honest portrait.
  8. 80
    A hungry batch of songs that finds Malin wandering the avenues and uncovering compelling stories wherever he goes. [#64, p.100]
  9. He's skilled and inventive with his work as a musician, but the aches and pains of songs like "Swinging Man" and "God's Lonely People" fall short of what Malin delivered on The Fine Art of Self-Destruction.
  10. 60
    Organ-laced acoustic ballads like "Block Island" are a tad too drowsy for the disc's tough topics. [Aug 2004, p.134]
  11. Malin's strained whine makes his earnest lyrics sound more pretentious than they probably are.
  12. Sees him progressing further towards becoming a punked-up Bruce Springsteen. Trouble is, someone's got there already--his best mate, Ryan Adams. [Jul 2004, p.118]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PeterM
    Sep 24, 2005
    the rockers are great, with the slow tracks a bit boring. well worth it. but get '...self destruction' instead - that's a maserpiece
  2. ZachL
    Feb 13, 2005
    This is my favorite album of 2004. How did this not get a higher score? It was so freaking awesome! Whoever gave this album a bad review doesn't have any good taste. Full Review »
  3. NeilG
    Jun 30, 2004
    A handful of great tunes the rest are merely excellent