Vehicles & Animals

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Manages both annoyance and perfection.
  2. Perfectly, almost aggressively pleasant.
  3. In their insistence on trying to mix quirky, quiet electronica with beer-swilling pop, without the two informing each other, Athlete too often fall into a formulaic and predictable model.
  4. Under The Radar
    60
    Overall, it's refreshing to hear an album so disarmingly free of pretense... but those who like their rock with a little more edge are advised to look elsewhere. [#7]
  5. Athlete’s sound is a wondrous discovery for young teens just getting into “chart indie” or jocks who feel open minded for listening to something a little more complicated than Oasis. For anyone else really, Vehicles & Animals only offers up a smorgasboard of odd, inventive pop music that’s only odd and inventive enough to try and sound less like everything else.
  6. For a band that regularly draws comparisons to Beta Band and Pavement, Vehicles & Animals is all too pedestrian.
  7. Urb
    50
    You've heard it before and frankly, you've heard it better. [Jun 2004, p.90]
  8. Athlete's lyrical content is shockingly mundane.
  9. Uncut
    40
    A wearyingly one-dimensional 45 minutes. [May 2003, p.89]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 14, 2013
    8
    Surprisingly good. An impressive debut that celebrates the rock scene of the 70s to the present day. Sometimes too happy and too intelligentSurprisingly good. An impressive debut that celebrates the rock scene of the 70s to the present day. Sometimes too happy and too intelligent for its own good. Full Review »
  2. Seamuss
    Aug 21, 2005
    10
    A Complete difference from their stunning sophmore effort. This is one of the most accesable and original pop albums I've heard in A Complete difference from their stunning sophmore effort. This is one of the most accesable and original pop albums I've heard in years. Theres nothing forced about this album. It flows with the ease of a seasoned band and is one of the best Debuts i've ever heard. Brilliant. Full Review »
  3. OliverP
    Jun 20, 2005
    4
    This album flatters to decieve for me. They are sometimes mildly witty, but the songs are on the whole very dull and bland, almost This album flatters to decieve for me. They are sometimes mildly witty, but the songs are on the whole very dull and bland, almost sleep-inducing at times. Full Review »