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. Q Magazine
    80
    It's the laziest of comparisons, but their harmonies--and they do it expertly live, so fear not--do have the ring of The Beach Boys. [May 2003, p.99]
  2. A great record, guilelessly cheery and knowingly witty in equal measure.
  3. Lethally simple pop tunes which sound like they were written during a particularly good seaside holiday in 1974.
  4. Filter
    80
    Rife with an irresistible charm, sly English wit, and supremely catchy choruses. [#10, p.98]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Catchy, almost childish verses suggest the playfulness of U.S. acts like the Flaming Lips. [28 May 2004, p.127]
  6. Mojo
    70
    [A] breezy conflation of Beta Band-esque jollity, default indie guitar chime and High Llamas-style retro melody. [May 2003, p.95]
  7. There are a batch of mighty tunes here, and a sound that, while hardly de rigour, melds some of rock's freshest, brightest lights to their own street-wise, archetypal city swagger and 'Mockney' wit.
  8. It's all about finding the friendly turtles at the end of the druggy rainbow, yet, since no one's in a hurry to get there, the songs loop along with space between the beats and guitarists who still seem to be learning their craft.
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 »