Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. The spoken-word Sonny and Cher act of Chains and Sue does gets tiresome at moments, lyrics like "you be the follower, let's kill the leader" aren't as clever as their authors believe, and the record does run on a fairly consistent mid-tempo bounce.
  2. While changing approaches is a good idea, particularly since Gold Chains's earlier work flirted with novelty act status, When the World Was Our Friend is not an impressive album.
  3. These brittle, next-wave-of-new-wave productions plow no new ground and barely serve the lyrics to which they're chained.
  4. Unfortunately, the observational heart of the disc's best rhymes are obscured by manicured eccentricity and musical dilettantism.
  5. The key flaw with this album is that it doesn’t have any of the bangers that GC can do so well.
  6. Q Magazine
    40
    If iPods came with a button that randomly spliced tracks together it would sound like this. [Dec 2004, p.137]
  7. Alternative Press
    40
    Darker, glitchier and garage-punkier... a gamble that doesn't always strike gold. [Jan 2005, p.114]
  8. Urb
    40
    A lot of these tracks sound like either near-misses or music made to play when your roomate's pissing you off. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.102]
  9. When the World Was Our Friend is for third-tier tone-deaf hipsters.
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  1. veronicah
    Dec 12, 2004
    10
    I don't know why these people don't understand the GCSC. I think it is an incredible record. I appreciate how GC is constantly I don't know why these people don't understand the GCSC. I think it is an incredible record. I appreciate how GC is constantly evolving and keeping things fresh. Sue Cie is a great addition to the mix! Full Review »