Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Cinematic, fantastic, and essential to all who want their music larger than life and rambunctious, Thunder, Lightning, Strike is the kind of record that makes you glad to be alive.
  2. Though they certainly do their fair share of sampling, they tend to use fragments as a means of fleshing out the battling, overdriven guitars, triumphant trumpet lines, and drum assaults that seem to break through walls with the barreling force of a thousand Kool-Aid men.
  3. The Go! Team's eclectic soundclash makes us feel deliriously dizzy. [11 Sep 2004, p.53]
  4. A challenge to even the most hardened depressive, Thunder, Lightning, Strike finds one way after another to shake new pleasures out of old material.
  5. It is, quite simply, one of the essential albums of the year.
  6. Full of exuberant, childlike pastiche pop. [7 Oct 2005, p.76]
  7. Sounds like a mostly live interpretation of... The Avalanches' intricate party collages doubling as three-minute music history lessons. [#13, p.118]
  8. It's so overwhelmingly happy and thrilling a musical statement that it would justify even a few more exclamation points.
  9. Think of it as a party invitation: it is as thrilling and original a debut as has come out this year, and one that leaves an ingenious sonic blueprint to build upon.
  10. This is one of those rare albums where every single track is a keeper and killer hooks abound.
  11. Thunder, Lightning, Strike is simply amazing. It is filled with boundless, glorious noise, sewing together flamboyance, quirkiness, sturdy sampling, and a well-traveled feel that can take you anywhere you want to go.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 47
  2. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. Jul 31, 2011
    9
    great debut album from this group. every song was good. it was original and creative. their sound is new and refreshing. looking forward to downloading their new release. Full Review »
  2. Bam
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    Huddle Formation's awesome.
  3. gavinj
    Dec 23, 2006
    9
    This CD is amazing. The mere catchyness that the songs have will bring the listener back and back for more Great music. If you want some great pop melodies look no further than this album. TRUST ME (John D- TV tunes??? i hear music with melody.) Full Review »