Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Shock Value is a far-reaching and ambitious disc; a masterpiece, even, in its own way.
  2. It's an undeniably impressive range of talent and, for the most part, Shock Value pulls off every trick it tries.
  3. What may be the most shocking about "Shock Value" is how Timbaland continually manages to stay one step ahead of the competition.
  4. Timbaland's good stuff — ''Oh Timbaland,'' ''Bounce'' (with Timberlake, Dre and Elliott), and half a dozen others — is really good: music that moves the hips and stirs the head.
  5. Timbaland's laser-focused sense of what pop should sound like has changed not only hip-hop but vast areas of pop, and it's solidified here in daring beats and masterful arrangements. Yet the narrative pull that justifies the album format falls short.
  6. It's nice that Timbaland is intent on challenging himself and his fans, but his daring misfire is the rare major-label hip-hop album that's arguably too adventurous for its own good.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. JosephA
    Apr 12, 2007
    4
    Not very good @ all. A couple of stronger tracks among a lot of really weak, even annoying ones. Very disappointing. I recommend just picking Not very good @ all. A couple of stronger tracks among a lot of really weak, even annoying ones. Very disappointing. I recommend just picking up FutureSex/LoveSounds (Timberlake) & Loose (Furtado) Full Review »
  2. DanH.
    Apr 1, 2008
    9
    I liked it quite a lot.
  3. DinoM
    Dec 4, 2007
    6
    Definitely not great, even with big singles behind it. Definitely better than a "NOW 69" album. If you boy compilation cds like NOW and all Definitely not great, even with big singles behind it. Definitely better than a "NOW 69" album. If you boy compilation cds like NOW and all other types, this would be great for you. It's good pop from good artists. Just slightly better than the usual mainstream dribble. Full Review »