White Bread Black Beer - Scritti Politti

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Could very well be the best record of this restlessly self-critical career. [Jul 2006, p.90]
  2. [His] best work in 20 years. [25 Jul 2006]
  3. With its laptop beats and closely mic’d intimacy, White Bread, Black Beer conforms to the dictates of a creator with endless time to play all the instruments and no one to please but himself, regrettably.
  4. Rarely have Pro Tools and a melancholy disposition fallen into such capable hands.
  5. I’m beginning to think it’s one of the smartest records-- musically and lyrically-- we’ll hear all year.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 30, 2011
    Just discovered this album by chance about 2 months ago. I was a fan of the 80's scritti politti and this is definitely not cupid & psyche or provision. The first few times I listened to this I did not really get it. But when I finally got onto the same wavelength as Gartside, I was able to appreciate the pure GENIUS of this album. It is actually some of the best music I've heard in years!! "Favorite" track - "Locked" although it's all good. Absolutely beautiful, soothing, intelligent music, great vocals...PURE GENIUS. Cannot stop listening to this. Full Review »
  2. Apr 24, 2011
    This is quite fantastic, amazing, I am with every breath of it all the way....... is my desert island disc, the one i'd run to save when the waves come crashing in.... Full Review »