Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. 100
    This is the pop album of 2003 which everyone else will have to beat. [Jul 2003, p.124]
  2. You've heard all this before, but it still sounds glorious.
  3. 80
    It's a glorious entente of old and new technology. [Jul 2003, p.101]
  4. More fully realized and bolstered with a stronger song selection than its predecessor, Wallpaper for the Soul is a well-crafted collection of infectious tunes that won't necessarily stick with you for years to come, but should be quite enjoyable while you're listening.
  5. A way more direct, danceable and fun album. [Jan 2003, p.104]
  6. More summery than a sombrero and probably just as unfashionable. [Sep 2003, p.112]
  7. In the end, Tahiti 80 have made a record worth listening to, even worth recommending to others, but one that fails at its primary, stated goal: to wallpaper your soul.
  8. It's cool to hear all this stuff put together in one package, but it's so smothered in nostalgia and cheekiness that the predictable analog incidents that keep the tracks from sounding repetitive seem clichéd.
  9. 30
    Easy listening has never been this painful. [#57, p.106]
  10. 30
    If pleasant melodies, electronics, ironic culture references, and played-out orchestration techniques could compensate for the lack of any discernable sense of expression, I could recommend Tahiti 80's Wallpaper For the Soul to you. I probably still wouldn't, but I could.

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