Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Though far from perfect, they flit by in an instant, all washes of trebly guitars and nervous vocals that leave enough heartwarming traces to warrant subsequent returns.
  2. Somehow, the 21 minutes spent with Vivian Girls are innocent and punctuated by brief moments of euphoria that make this debut more than worthwhile.
  3. Even with a sprawling lineage that weaves The Wipers in with the output of labels like Slumberland and K, the Vivian Girls’ vintage aesthetic is employed here not as a crutch, but a compelling battle-cry for the disappearing art of rock ‘n' roll pith.
  4. I believe in the Vivian Girls. In every gorgeous harmony that coats bitterness, in every ambition subjugated to truncated song structure and muffled production, in every bouncy beat beneath a baleful drawl somehow made of equally bouncy elements.
  5. Without risking pastiche, the band gets plenty of mileage from its sonic references.
  6. 70
    The recording quality on their debut album is admirably scuzzy; the drums sound like somebody’s banging a cereal box on the floor, which is part of the immediate charm.
  7. The sound of three people ripping through hooky tunes without regard for pleasantries and taste is one of the joys of rock & roll, and Vivian Girls do satisfy on that account.
  8. Working at breakneck speed, Vivian Girls is sloggy, hampered by the cloying feeling that the lo-fi shtick is simply too on-the-nose.
  9. Though derivative of countless bands, Vivian Girls succeed in paring hazy nostalgia with big noise. It's simple and sounds good.
  10. 80
    Like their English ancestors, the Girls deal almost exclusively in exuberance and wonderment, making found squalls and rattles sound like their own. But that might have more to do with the copious amounts of reverb echoing through the album’s best songs.
  11. It is a well-written, solid debut that should at least establish the band a fanbase and give them time to work out some of the imperfections.
  12. They reproduce, even with simple materials and simple words, complex emotions and ideas. And at the same time, they just make you want to sing, freak-out, and play beach-blanket bingo in a basement.
  13. By the time the track 'Where Do You Run To'--and its echoing impersonation of Joy Division's 'A Means To An End'--shambles by, Vivian Girls morphs from a work of nosebleed pop into something icy and numbing.
  14. Vivian Girls appear more than two decades after most of their influences did--and cultural context alone make this proudly understated debut a welcome addition to the balkanized milieu of contemporary pop. [Fall 2008, p.78]
  15. At a time when Internet buzz can make the latest bands seem like old news, listening to Vivian Girls is still exciting even after many times through; the band do not create something new so much as something now.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. timE
    Sep 11, 2009
    5
    Shoegazing and twee are my favorite genres and I go crazy for all girls groups so I don't know why I wasn't swooning over this Shoegazing and twee are my favorite genres and I go crazy for all girls groups so I don't know why I wasn't swooning over this record. I expected to be blown away since it has everything I like about music but the singing is really bland. You can't tell the singers apart. They actually sound really bored when singing kind of like they're the female versions of Stephen Malkmus lacking emotions and passion behind their music. It's also similar to early Raveonettes before they actually started SINGING where they might as well just be humming to the music instead of attempting to sing. Really disappointing. Full Review »
  2. MikeF
    Aug 25, 2009
    2
    Lame, boring, over-hyped. there is barely half an album here in terms of length, and none of it is particularly memorable. Then again, I Lame, boring, over-hyped. there is barely half an album here in terms of length, and none of it is particularly memorable. Then again, I don't go for the whole genre of bands who suck ostensibly on purpose. Full Review »
  3. ChileH
    Aug 8, 2009
    10
    This is an amazing album! To dislike it because it gets praise is entirely stupid. Every song on here is addictive and will be running This is an amazing album! To dislike it because it gets praise is entirely stupid. Every song on here is addictive and will be running through your head all hours after a few listens-and this is a good thing. Get this. NOW. Full Review »