User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 3 out of 42

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  1. RiannopiF.
    Aug 3, 2007
    6
    A lot of sophisticated songwriting, or empty calories? Hm, I haven't decided yet. It is a third new direction for them though, I'll give them that. But I'm not sure I like the journey anymore. It was fun for the first hour (Psyence Fiction), cold and gray with pelting hair for the second hour (Never, Never Land), and now I don't know what to make of this third hour A lot of sophisticated songwriting, or empty calories? Hm, I haven't decided yet. It is a third new direction for them though, I'll give them that. But I'm not sure I like the journey anymore. It was fun for the first hour (Psyence Fiction), cold and gray with pelting hair for the second hour (Never, Never Land), and now I don't know what to make of this third hour (War Stories). It's just begun. I'll let you know in sixty minutes or so. But by then I may have gotten off the ride and found a new one by then to get to where I should've and really wanted to go in the first place, and not dragged along to somewhere I wasn't interested in much. Expand
  2. alic
    Jul 18, 2007
    5
    Their worst album - dullish rock and no hiphop. Why did Lavelle bother?
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. If there’s a central problem with War Stories, it’s that at times it strays too close to rock orthodoxy and loses the offbeat stylistic flourishes that made Unkle such an exciting proposition to begin with.
  2. There are enough excellent moments on War Stories to judge it a success, but there's another sense of missed opportunity hanging over the album.
  3. While the results aren't entirely successful, "Twilight," especially, by Massive Attack's 3D, proves that Lavelle can reimagine 'soul' like no one else.