Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mojo
    May 17, 2011
    Where the remainder deviates, though, is in its lyricism, a good thing, because the beer-boys-in-the-band stance is replaced by only-to-be-encouraged attempts at social comment and a more enlightened approach to gender politics. [May 2011, p.110]
  2. Q Magazine
    May 17, 2011
    They've taken their time, but this fine record suggests it may not be too late. [May 2011, p.124]
  3. 60
    Those three seconds of stuttering electronica simply take their reputation for leftfield experimentalism too far. Thankfully, such wilful pretension buggers off, and the rest is a more quality-controlled set.
  4. Apr 20, 2011
    There are one or two new ventures into the unknown, but by and large, The Pigeon Detectives haven't made enough progression from Emergency.
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    Described as a rallying call to guitar bands by Bowman, Up, Guards and at 'Em isn't distinctive or original enough to inspire anyone to swap their synths for a six-string, and instead, sounds more like a final nail in the British indie coffin than the shot in the arm it needed.
  6. Uncut
    Apr 22, 2011
    Their third full-length radiates the stale resignation of a band whose moment has passed. [May 20111, p.93]
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    The band struggles to dredge up any sort of sparkle, no matter how finely-forged the hook.
  8. Apr 20, 2011
    Up, Guards And At Em is powerfully akin to going back to a club you haven't been to in years, only to find the same soundtrack playing. And there's few people out there who wouldn't find that boring.

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