Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mojo
    100
    Less exotic perhaps than the West Coast, Brazilian, German and Franco-Italian musical forays of the past, but even more remarkably musical, intriguingly textured and affecting. [Nov 2003, p.130]
  2. Beet, Maize & Corn is a dramatic reinvention of the High Llamas.
  3. The album never shifts into angular or faster textures but maintains its overall coasting level with clarity, precision and charm.
  4. Beet, Maize & Corn is The High Llamas' best since 1996's frothy, visionary Hawaii, and it mirrors that record's adherence to an emotional arc built of fragments, sketches, and vamps.
  5. Beet, Maize & Corn is a pleasant album of calm, beautiful pop with a touch of class that’s rare.
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    Proffers a newfound poignancy. [Nov 2003, p.110]
  7. Magnet
    70
    There are interesting little moments along the way that might lead to subtle adjustments in course. [#61, p.98]
  8. The Wire
    60
    While the album is pleasant, it takes a long time to open up. And once opened, it's nice, but hardly revolutionary. [#236, p.61]
  9. You don't often come across a modern album that sounds so damn old.
  10. And this is pop music, right? Why is it all so damned unmemorable?
  11. Uncut
    60
    Inarguably easy on the ear, but short on real emotional pull. [Nov 2003, p.118]
  12. Under The Radar
    50
    Not particularly memorable. [#5, p.109]
  13. Beet, Maize and Corn is way too mellow, sounding something like immaculately crafted retro elevator music.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jon-ErickS
    Jan 25, 2005
    10
    the album has a rich rightness to its melodies, arrangements, and instrumentation that could eventually place it in some cannon that might the album has a rich rightness to its melodies, arrangements, and instrumentation that could eventually place it in some cannon that might include cole porter and mccartney/wilson. get ready for the 2051 tribute album. Full Review »
  2. MattyM
    Apr 8, 2004
    9
    This is way up there with their best -more compelling than Buzzlebee & a necessary accessory for budding hipsters attempting to use their This is way up there with their best -more compelling than Buzzlebee & a necessary accessory for budding hipsters attempting to use their record collections to get informed indie-girls into the sack. Full Review »
  3. ElizabethR
    Jan 17, 2004
    10
    Gorgeous and warm, it puts me in a happy mellow mood. Just buy it and see for yourself!