These Are The Good Times People - The Presidents Of The United States Of America
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. As the group replaces departing guitarist (and founding member) Dave Dederer with Andrew McKeag, while they bring Seattle underground mainstay Kurt Bloch in as producer, all elements that help make These Are the Good Times People perhaps their most eclectic album to date.
  2. There's nothing complicated on this album, but then when did things ever need to be complicated?
  3. While not as immediately memorable as "Lump" or "Peaches," punchy songs like album opener "Mixed Up S.O.B.," "More Bad Times" and the breezy "Loose Balloon" come across as less novelty-like as a result of songcraft.
  4. 60
    Spiky-sounding pop dominates with abrupt or obtuse song titles the rule not the exception. [Apr 2008, p.110]
  5. There's nothing essential here, but there's nothing to dislike either. [Apr 2008, p.115]
  6. The Presidents found on These Are the Good Times People are officially lame ducks, serving out their term while rock music elects a new Chief Executive.
  7. These Are The Good Times People is a mere shadow of its ‘90s counterpart that struggles to retain any of the President’s early charm.
  8. 20
    This is surely the desperate death-thore of a rank '90s relic. [Apr 2008, p.99]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Echoisaacashe
    Mar 22, 2008
    4
    Much as I hate to burst the bubble of musical heroes of mine, I am more than a little disappointed new album from The Presidents Of The Much as I hate to burst the bubble of musical heroes of mine, I am more than a little disappointed new album from The Presidents Of The United States Of America, whose debut album The Presidents Of The United States Of America remains to this day one of my favourite albums of all time. The band haven't moved on - perfectly good tracks such as More Bad Times are ruined by the forced kookiness that makes the band use words like "baboon" and "spork". It's like the joke just isn't funny any more. Full Review »
  2. WesmM.
    Mar 21, 2008
    10
    Hoping the "Mixed or average" reviews are just the result of preliminary 6-review weirdness; These Are The Good Times People isn't Hoping the "Mixed or average" reviews are just the result of preliminary 6-review weirdness; These Are The Good Times People isn't groundbreaking but it's certainly a perfectly entertaining summer album. Full Review »
  3. J.Yo
    Mar 21, 2008
    9
    No Presidents fan will be dissapointed. If you are not a fan yet, this is a great intro to fun rock'n'roll.