Your Majesty - The Anniversary
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. A diverse, accomplished album that manages to be unabashedly emotional, playful, and ambitious all at the same time.
  2. Your Majesty comes off as less gooey and precocious than your average Vagrant Records paramour. [May 2002, p.78]
  3. An often-inspired collection of eccentric pop songs and unexpected proggy workouts. [July 2002, p.108]
  4. While devoid of the manic energy and double-time rhythms that were almost the group's trademark, songs like "Sweet Marie" and "Tu-Whitt Tu-Whoo" maintain a fiercely rocking edge via slowly evolving song structures and explosive, crunch guitar-driven choruses.
  5. But for all their influences, the Anniversary retains its own personality, with a laid-back style and pizzazz that keeps this party a pleasant one.
  6. While The Anniversary may not have set out specifically to jump ship from emo, they have traded in the chaotic compositions and off-kilter vocals for a more straightforward rock sound.
  7. For pleasant, albeit unchallenging pop-tunes which will not offend anyone, but may also put you to sleep, Your Majesty is the way to go.
  8. There is enough substance to justify the band's sometimes goofy style.
  9. Their music,... while pretending to be candy-coated pop-rock, shares all of emo's key indicators, including melodramatic vocal delivery, seamless production, and shameless overambition.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AliP.
    Oct 1, 2002
    10
    This album far exceeds the work on their previous album, "Designing a Nervous breakdown." It's fabulous.