• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Nov 29, 2011
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
Buy On
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    70
    It may not be a formula designed for critical acclaim or longevity, but pop music has always been exactly like this and HCR would make Bobby Vee, the Archies, and the New Radicals proud.
  2. Nov 29, 2011
    80
    You can hear the result of all those showbiz connections in the radio-ready economy of high-sheen hook bombs.
  3. 75
    The boys largely maintain that level of frivolous fun on Whatever.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Dec 8, 2011
    10
    Ryan Follese,Jamie Follese,Ian Keaggy and Nash Overstreet are talented musicians that are no strangers to music.They each come fromRyan Follese,Jamie Follese,Ian Keaggy and Nash Overstreet are talented musicians that are no strangers to music.They each come from music-loving households and have all been long-time friends,with some brotherly between lead singer Ryan and drummer Jamie.From the get-go they've been trying to discover a sound that they'll all love to create and that'll work with them.Their first album "Lovesick Electro" bordered more on rock music but the sound presented in "Whatever" leans more towards pop,just as they wanted.They wanted to create a record that you'd love to listen to on a particularly good day or cheer you up on a bad one.You can hear the perfect harmony between instruments and voice come together to create some of the catchiest pop songs you'll hear all year.It'll take the most hardcore cynic to not hum along to tracks like "Tonight Tonight" and "Beautiful Freaks"(my personal favorite).At the end of the day Hot Chelle Rae knows very well that they've created typical,simple pop music which uses as little chords as possible and is all about that catchy hit-making chorus,and they couldn't be happier with themselves.You won't find an incredible amount of originality here,instead what you'll find is incredibly fun pop music,with the occasional more serious song,pumped full of energy emanating from each band member as you realize that they absolutely love what they're doing.Well if they have all this talent then why not use it to create music that actually has longevity to it you may ask?I think their answer would go something like this,It's not like life is full of serious life-defining moments that occur on a regular basis.Sometimes life is about skipping a day at work or school,getting in your car with some freinds,turning up that radio and just yelling "Whatever" ! Full Review »
  2. Jun 14, 2016
    0
    This is one of the most annoying, generic, and bland album's I've ever heard.

    Their voices are annoying. The stupid boy-band pop sounds
    This is one of the most annoying, generic, and bland album's I've ever heard.

    Their voices are annoying.
    The stupid boy-band pop sounds are terrible
    And there isn't any substance to this album.
    It sucks BIG TIME.
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  3. Oct 20, 2012
    4
    A terrific album! But sadly in both ways, positive and negative. The first three songs and title-giving 'Whatever' actually are eminent partyA terrific album! But sadly in both ways, positive and negative. The first three songs and title-giving 'Whatever' actually are eminent party pop songs! 'Honestly' is one of the best break-up-songs ever! ;D But the other songs are terrible! From the horrible dubstep in 'Beautiful Freaks' to the dreadful feel-good-song 'Forever Unstoppable'. My ears hurt sometime and I really don't freaking unterstand how they can make such good and such bad songs into one single album. My suggestion: Listen to the four songs I mentioned and don't touch the rest - it's very bad. Full Review »