• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Probably the best post-punk album you'll buy all year.
  2. Most of it... suggests that New York's time is, once again, imminent. [Aug 2003, p.119]
  3. This comp makes one thing perfectly clear: for a host of bands so readily compared to the same tiny stable of influences-- "sounding like a modern-day Gang of Four..."-- there sure is a hell of a lot of diversity between them.
  4. 75
    A pretty accurate representation of the New York rock renaissance. [Jul 2003, p.110]
  5. Does a good job documenting the sounds and youthful energy generated by the scene. [10 Jul 2003, p.64]
  6. At the very least, Yes New York procures a look at a city churning out (mostly) good bands.
  7. A solid collection of the most talked-about bands in the New York underground.
  8. Cannibalising a musical canvas splattered with decades of paint, little here is truly original and the quality veers throughout, as is inevitable from the recordings of one - albeit artistically ferocious - city.
  9. This is a lot closer to the type of compilation you'd get with an issue of CMJ than something special.
  10. If you don't yet know NYC bands like The Witnesses or The Natural History, this album is worth a try. [#5, p.116]
  11. How many times can rock return in one year? [Jul 2003, p.122]
  12. 40
    Aside from [Interpol]... the Yes groups sound just as narrow and constricted as their scuzzy East Village forebears. [Aug 2003, p.120]

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