• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2001
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    On their comeback record, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy actually make a surprising stab at respectability, once again merging big hooks and big rawk. [8 Jun 2001, p.76]
  2. Mojo
    80
    The album might almost be a study in stretching the limits of silliness, cliche and old-school rock'n'roll unreconstruction... [Jul 2001, p.114]
  3. Whether they can co-exist with today's nu breed is another question entirely, but 'Beyond Good And Evil' just about overcomes its sameyness and provides enough flashes of what made them special in the first place to justify their continued existence.
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    For the most part, Beyond Good & Evil roots itself between Metallica, nu-metal and the slightly psychedelic ambience of '85's Love: the band's pre-metal apex. [Aug 2001, p.124]
  5. Beyond Good and Evil shakes with vitality.
  6. Magnet
    10
    Wow, is Beyond Good And Evil bad. Thudding, empty albums about nothing, held together with some of the worst guitar solos since late-'80s Lou Reed. [#51, p.90]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Muscular, groove-laden, heavy, spiritual. Seriously underrated album by an iconic band. Full Review »
  2. Jan 28, 2016
    9
    I started listening to this "old" album a few months back... Stonking good rock album with catchy riffs and some filthy distortion..oh yeahI started listening to this "old" album a few months back... Stonking good rock album with catchy riffs and some filthy distortion..oh yeah some nice crunchy riffs in there as well... One of the Cults best albums...... Must be played load...... Ian's lyrics are okay and occasionally brilliant. He is one of kind so you just have to go with it sometimes. Billy's playing is outstanding and makes me wish I had spent my youth learning to play an ax. Full Review »
  3. Justin
    Apr 12, 2006
    10
    Obvious classics first time you here this are Rise, True Believers and Breathe. Don't forget to really listen to Ashes & Ghosts, The Obvious classics first time you here this are Rise, True Believers and Breathe. Don't forget to really listen to Ashes & Ghosts, The Saint & Shape The Sky though.....Best Rock Album in 10 years! Full Review »