Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    60
    At its best Zoo prowls menacingly and intensely, shrouded in sheets of steely guitar and fogs of squall and distortion... [But] this mood-heavy mix doesn't always work.
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    40
    The song writing is passable, the sound is passable, but passable is usually as boring as it sounds.
  3. 70
    Whatever the band loses in spastic energy and volatility on Zoo, it gains in melodic constancy.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    75
    Zoo is a fine tribute to [often-compared band]Wire's heavier side, alternating between powerful, lumbering riffs and manic splatters of guitar noise.
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    Zoo is a bleak record, but through prolonged exposure it can begin to feel like a place you want to stay.
  6. Mar 9, 2012
    54
    Too much of it drifts into generic 1960s-nodding garage-rock territory.
  7. Mar 9, 2012
    70
    Ceremony's misanthropy has never sounded more genuinely punk.
  8. Mar 9, 2012
    70
    While still mostly a success, Zoo marks the first time where Ceremony do not seem 100% sure of their own identity.
  9. Zoo is a well-produced record that captures a band on its way up the ladder.
  10. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    [Zoo will piss you off if you think] their Fugaziish formative albums are sacrosanct and that any deviation voids them in the eyes of The Living Christ Our Lord Henry Rollins. Two, you hate loud noises.
  11. Mar 7, 2012
    70
    Everything continues to feel heavy.
  12. Mar 7, 2012
    50
    For the majority of the record, Ceremony is quite comfortable being average. Neither laudable nor terrible, Ceremony's music sets an easy target, hits the mark, and then moves on to the next task.
  13. 80
    In just two years, Ceremony has leaped aggressively forward in its evolution, and Zoo captures this over 12 tracks that reconfigure the group into something unique and vital.
  14. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    The songs are catchy and nuanced, and the rage that defined them a mere seven years ago comes across here as measured, simmering frustration.
  15. Mar 6, 2012
    50
    It's punk rock by the numbers.
  16. Mar 6, 2012
    75
    Hardcore bands rarely age gracefully, but Ceremony's found a way to accentuate its broadest influences without losing touch with its younger, rowdier days.
  17. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    On Zoo, Ceremony obliterate more discriminately, recalling the post-punk of Joy Division, the Fall and Wire – if those bands had spent more time in weight rooms than art galleries.
  18. Apr 4, 2012
    40
    Gesturing, though, is just about all it does.
  19. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    It packs a ferocious, formidable bite. [3 Mar 2012, p.54]
  20. Mar 13, 2012
    70
    Less reactionary souls will thrill to the dynamic Zoo. [Apr 2012, p.73]
  21. 80
    All that keeps Zoo from being a perfect record is the nagging feeling that Ceremony has even better work ahead. [Apr 2012, p.90]
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  1. Mar 30, 2012
    7
    Although on the Ceremony's album "Zoo" you will find a few shortcomings - generally record shows quite high levels. Just to mention a solid,Although on the Ceremony's album "Zoo" you will find a few shortcomings - generally record shows quite high levels. Just to mention a solid, punky "Hysteria" and "Citizen". And although there is somewhere a subdued interlude "Hotel", it's succeeding "Ordinary People" sells the listener a solid, energy rebel kick. Full Review »