User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24

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  1. 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 through your head all hours after a few listens-and this is a good thing. Get this. NOW.
  2. 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 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 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. Expand
  3. STeGoo
    Oct 11, 2008
    3
    Talulah Gosh, Strawberry Story! I enjoy the late eighties/early 90's lo-fi but it has been done before and with greater return. I dislike Vivian Girls because of the praise and interest people seem to be giving this release. I cannot understand why every reviewer doesn't hear the Talulah Gosh/strawberry Story complete impersonation.
  4. JeremyF
    Oct 27, 2008
    5
    "Tell The World" is the only amazing track. It really is incredible. But as for the album as a whole, it's rather boring. These girls are not untalented, they just made a boring album. I mean, play the first like 1 or 2 seconds of each song in succession, in they all start with the same sounding, same-tone guitar. It gets too samey.
  5. 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 don't go for the whole genre of bands who suck ostensibly on purpose.

Awards & Rankings

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Without risking pastiche, the band gets plenty of mileage from its sonic references.