The Young Machines

  • Record Label: Mush
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2003
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. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    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. Never before has Bianchi put so much focus on the lyrics and been so open, so vulnerable.
  4. Uncut
    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. Under The Radar
    80
    A quirkier, more electro-indie version of Bright Eyes, maybe; but super emotional and lovelorn, most definitely. [#5, p.101]
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    Terrific stuff. [Dec 2003, p.129]
  7. Magnet
    80
    Has enough regret, sadness and self-loathing to power a Trent Reznor comeback. [#61, p.96]
  8. Urb
    80
    Quite possibly the break-up album of the year. [Jan 2004, p.78]
  9. 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.
  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.
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.