Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    The bruising ferocity of these songs ensures that GVSB will retain their noisy-boy cult status for as long as that's the musical context they prefer. [17 May 2002, p.78]
  2. Magnet
    80
    Song after song hurts in that oh-so-right way. [#54, p.89]
  3. Alternative Press
    80
    Girls Against Boys are still together making pwerful music that detonates the soundtracks of the new subcultures and corporate marketing campaigns. [Jun 2002, p.75]
  4. Spin
    80
    A return to 1994's seduction strategies: pomade-greased riffs, subdermal bass, distorto samples, and free-associative rants about how Miami is cooler than Hollywood. [July 2002, p.112]
  5. One can't help but feel that this is still a transitional album in general, but at least they've overcome their Garbage fascination and seem to be delivering music more in tune with their attitude and style.
  6. 80
    GVSB returns with the hallmark components of its early '90s Touch & Go days: piercing guitar riffs, frequent attacks of twin basses, surging percussion, and a heavy dose of vocal sass from Scott McCloud.
  7. Has a rhythmic, revving-motorcycle momentum, like the Pixies without all the shrieking, or Sonic Youth without the frustrating feedback experiments.
  8. What's most promising is that GVSB's often melodic noise now, thanks to emo, exists less in weird isolation than it did, and the band seem to be headed dangerously close to getting what they deserve. If this means they must intermittently sound like Feeder, so be it.
  9. Blender
    60
    An inevitable return to their punk-meets-dance-rock basics, featuring their sexy, trademark battery of geometric riffs, careening bass and shrapnel noise. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.108]
  10. It seems now that the band is terrified of change, leaving them to rehash what their first five albums accomplished in lieu of actual progression.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. joris
    Dec 11, 2004
    9
    Basstation is overwhelming, so is the rest of the album