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Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Several [guest singers] distinguish themselves‑-SoKo all breathy, Lorraine nice and rough‑-as does (Tjinder) Singh, changing up the rhythms as he "milks" his usual tiny store of melody.
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Urban Turban is another irresistible Cornershop mash-up. [Aug 2012, p.86]
  3. May 29, 2012
    80
    I can assure you that you will not stand still while listening to this album.
  4. 80
    Urban Turban is more grin-inducing than a piano-playing cat.
  5. May 11, 2012
    80
    Full of life and sunshine. [No.87, p.53]
  6. May 24, 2012
    70
    Inconsistency's a little too much the watchword, but there are none more Something For Everyone.
  7. May 16, 2012
    70
    After 21 years, it's hard to believe Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres are still capable of producing moments as vivid and relevant as these.
  8. May 16, 2012
    70
    The tracks are well made and good stuff, but on the whole Urban Turban feels a little too all over the shop to pack the wallop it deserves.
  9. May 15, 2012
    70
    Urban Turban is consolidation for Cornershop, pulling together old and new tracks and showing as many hands as they can.
  10. May 14, 2012
    70
    Mostly, it's funky pop, half-deconstructed and relentlessly optimistic. [Jun 2012, p.71
  11. May 11, 2012
    70
    There's the occasional meander and they'd surely revel in a bigger production budget, but there's nobody remotely like them and few who seem to actually enjoy being in a band more.
  12. May 11, 2012
    70
    Urban Turban feels especially emblematic of a band that's fully liberated itself from any commercial or audience expectations and shifted its experimental ethos into overdrive.
  13. May 15, 2012
    67
    All of this is creative and fun, but also a little half-baked, and ultimately impersonal.
  14. Jul 25, 2012
    60
    Cornershop have stocked up on musical friends and touchpoints to deliver a heterogeneous album that confirms, wherever they go next, there's plenty more in the 'Shop window to see.
  15. Jun 26, 2012
    60
    Perhaps there's a danger here and there of Singh and Ayres getting their heads down and too deep in the blissed-out funk ... but really they just want to see what sticks. That's all they've ever tried, and most of it does.
  16. Jun 4, 2012
    60
    If Singh's genial, lounge-y tunes don't always hit groove nirvana, his wandering heart is at least in the right place.
  17. May 14, 2012
    60
    This feels modern but in a distinctly '90s fashion: the melds and mashups of club music and psychedelia forecast a future straight out of 1996.
  18. 60
    With Urban Turbanm, Tjinder Singh reinforces his position as one of the UK's more engaging musical minds.

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