User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 2 out of 24

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  1. RichardV.
    May 3, 2001
    10
    Sung with such passion, meaning and substance - completely unique and quite addictive.
  2. DouglasL
    Aug 10, 2003
    10
    A wonderful album, dedication to life itself. John Frusciante knows what he´s talking about and does it with stile.
  3. Goran
    Oct 8, 2005
    9
    A lovely album. Feels very intimate and emotional and in no little part due to the simple lo-fi electronics which are used very effectivelly. I can't say enough good things about it. It's not for everyone though.
  4. PSM
    Mar 9, 2006
    10
    This album is amazing, just like his other albums that are also amazin'!
  5. AllenG
    Feb 23, 2003
    9
    A much more focused effort than his first two (and especially second) albums. Frusciante cleverly ties together drum beats with acoustic and electric guitars to a dazzling effect (esp. Ramparts) His singing which is not for everyone, has a wholesome quality and make the tracks sound very sincere. Lyrically the album is somewhat hard to decipher...but giving in to the whole mood of finding A much more focused effort than his first two (and especially second) albums. Frusciante cleverly ties together drum beats with acoustic and electric guitars to a dazzling effect (esp. Ramparts) His singing which is not for everyone, has a wholesome quality and make the tracks sound very sincere. Lyrically the album is somewhat hard to decipher...but giving in to the whole mood of finding ones self and recognizing all around you make it near genius in it intimacy...He just gets better and better... Expand
  6. MW
    Jan 30, 2005
    9
    This record is unreal. It takes a little while to crack open but beleive me, it is well worth it. This is music in its most sincere and bare form. True "emo".
  7. Mexicola2
    Mar 31, 2006
    10
    This album is fantastic!! I love it!! Anuway, John Frusciante couldn't make a bad album if he tried...He is GOD!
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Frusciante channels his creative spirits through a homegrown hybrid of early '80s new wave and late '60s acid rock that sounds a lot better than it reads on paper.
  2. The formula here is for Frusciante to carve tunes out of loose, cyclical riffs, a few basic samples and drum programmes and his own parched voice. Sometimes, as on 'Remain', the effect is slightly uncomfortable... Tough that out, and get used to the demo quality throughout, and there are some decent songs on 'To Record Only Water,' endearing for their rawness and honesty.
  3. Occasionally, it all works, coalescing into something with passion and imagination... In other spots, however, Frusciante's amateur (and sometimes listless) singing proves to be a major letdown, even with souped-up reverbs and megaphonic EQ-ing.