The Music

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Q Magazine
    60
    The album rallies at the halfway point, becoming a straightforward old-fashioned metal affair. [Sep 2002, p.102]
  2. The songwriting needs a personality infusion and more gray cells, but numbers such as "The Dance" have the enthusiasm of a puppy powered by a nuclear reactor, making the Music an apt opening act for the likes of New Order and Coldplay.
  3. The combined effect is gargantuan. It’s big, it’s fast, it’s loud, it’s got a backbeat you can’t move with a juggernaught and it’s definitely not clever.
  4. Spin
    58
    What's most British about the Music is their tendency to try way too hard. [Apr 2003, p.108]
  5. Sounds overproduced and underdeveloped.
  6. A headache-inducing mess of rehashed classic rock riffs and stale grooves.
  7. For now at least this is the sound of a band trying to do too much at once and sinking under the weight of their heroes.
  8. A hollow release, the veneer of a good album covering up an otherwise unremarkable and sometimes disappointing collection of songs.
  9. Mojo
    40
    The formula eventually sags. [Oct 2002, p.92]
  10. Blender
    40
    Their youthful gusto is admirable. The results, alas, are not. [#14, p.141]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jan 16, 2016
    9
    Awesome album from a very underrated band, I could never understand how 'The Music' were not more appreciated. Recently rediscovered thisAwesome album from a very underrated band, I could never understand how 'The Music' were not more appreciated. Recently rediscovered this album when going through some old CDs, it definitely stands the test of time. Full Review »
  2. SeamusS
    Aug 15, 2005
    7
    Its A Good Album. They Need To Learn How To Write Songs (lyricly) though their sound is dynamic enough to pass for a decent album and an Its A Good Album. They Need To Learn How To Write Songs (lyricly) though their sound is dynamic enough to pass for a decent album and an amazing live show. They're better live. Go See them doing that!. Full Review »
  3. NorthFreedomFighter
    Apr 6, 2005
    8
    Huge in scope, huge in delivery, but definitely not for everyone. If your idea of a great rock record is anything mainstream or in the likes Huge in scope, huge in delivery, but definitely not for everyone. If your idea of a great rock record is anything mainstream or in the likes of U2 you probably won't quite get what they're trying to do here. If you dig it, all the more power to your adventurous side. Full Review »