The Young Machines - Her Space Holiday
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. A soothing swoon. [24 Oct 2003, p.107]
  2. This is Bianchi’s tour de force, emotive but clever enough to avoid seeming self-centered or pathetic, and satisfying in its candid complexity.
  3. A quirkier, more electro-indie version of Bright Eyes, maybe; but super emotional and lovelorn, most definitely. [#5, p.101]
  4. 80
    The greatest interest lies in the lyrics--intriguing, charming, highly insightful and sometimes violently confessional, often on a par with the very best of Elliott Smith. [Dec 2003, p.118]
  5. 80
    Quite possibly the break-up album of the year. [Jan 2004, p.78]
  6. Terrific stuff. [Dec 2003, p.129]
  7. 80
    Has enough regret, sadness and self-loathing to power a Trent Reznor comeback. [#61, p.96]
  8. Whatever qualms I might have about the sometimes over-the-top sensitivity or curiously defensive masculinity, I can not deny that this album goes down effortlessly.
  9. Never before has Bianchi put so much focus on the lyrics and been so open, so vulnerable.
  10. The Young Machines will rank among your favorite albums if you're someone's mortifyingly jaded ex, but if you come to it craving electronic vocal-pop keeping pace with anything north of Jimmy Tamborello's shoulders, you'll end up frustrated by the simple and repetitive violin bits that drive the big retro beats.
  11. Frequently, he’s sharp and funny - full of self-knowledge and charm. Elsewhere, he’s so devastatingly sincere that it’s almost embarrassing to listen to.
  12. Bianchi may be as gloomy as ever, but after moving from California to Texas and from Tiger Style to Mush Records, Her Space Holiday maintains its lush IDM-powered indie pop.
  13. You'd be hard pressed to find a more confessional album released this year. [Dec 2003, p.142]
  14. It must take a fair amount of skill and a peculiar single-mindedness to create something this consistently bland and tiresome.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. izzy
    Dec 8, 2006
    10
    this album is my fucking life
  2. JordanB
    Jul 1, 2006
    10
    Great unique indie. At its best. "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" is phenomenal... The music is sincere beyond belief... Worth its weight in Great unique indie. At its best. "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" is phenomenal... The music is sincere beyond belief... Worth its weight in diamonds. Full Review »
  3. AaronG
    Aug 6, 2005
    9
    A really good album, with some stunning tracks that I just cant stop playing, or singing.