User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 72
  2. Negative: 3 out of 72

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  1. Dantheman
    Oct 2, 2005
    6
    It's OK. Approach with caution.
  2. PeterB.
    Dec 10, 2005
    6
    Reasonably inventive with a refreshingly retro edge. Choatic and busy. Some great tunes but as an album this is ultimately a bit samey, and one gets a nagging sense of "style-over-substance". Still one of the more interesting bands around at the moment, and worth a listen.
  3. Rickw
    Feb 3, 2006
    4
    I thought i was in for a treat when i bought this. All the rave reviews from the critics and people on this website. Very disappointing. One of those albumson first listen that you keep waiting for a good track to kick in....... This album needs some BASS. I thought there was something up with my stereo, but no, just lacks some bass. to be compared with The Avalanches was a cruel way of I thought i was in for a treat when i bought this. All the rave reviews from the critics and people on this website. Very disappointing. One of those albumson first listen that you keep waiting for a good track to kick in....... This album needs some BASS. I thought there was something up with my stereo, but no, just lacks some bass. to be compared with The Avalanches was a cruel way of getting me to part with my money. Not in the same league. They get 4 for being 'happy' unlike me. Expand
  4. RBland
    Dec 8, 2005
    6
    like cheerleaders with a back-up band, playing to a high school gymnasium filled with sugar-shivered teens. Which is fine, if you like that kind of thing. More overhyped than the Shins.
  5. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    6
    gets real old real quick but the energy thats there is pretty impressive.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 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.
  2. Although by the record's second half the brassy, treble-kicked sound wears a little thin, there are enough gems to keep the release fresh through the end of its 35 minutes.
  3. "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" is an immensely derivative album, but one which cuts and pastes its influences in a strikingly original way. Chiefly, by piling them all on at once.