• Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Mar 11, 2003
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. While many rock and electronic groups amble pleasantly along without a musical thought in their heads, country's combination of tradition and musicianship just keeps producing albums, like Chinatown, of a really tremendous caliber.
  2. The rootsy folk and ethereal harmonies drift lazily, setting a lonesome, winsome mood, without being somber.
  3. Feels like an evening well spent with old friends.
  4. These knotty-pine girls sound like no one else.
  5. Mojo
    70
    An album of relentless, aching beauty. [Mar 2003, p.96]
  6. Uncut
    60
    It's the originals that resonate, contrasting with a featherweight cover of Townes van Zandt's "Waiting Around To Die." [Mar 2003, p.97]
  7. 40
    Unfortunately, the doom and gloom here wears out its welcome quickly.
  8. Q Magazine
    40
    A less spirited affair, with little spark or enthusiasm. [Mar 2003, p.102]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. KenC
    May 5, 2003
    10
    Chinatown is a whispery breath of fresh air in the stagnation of modern country radio with no soul. The only thing that would make Chinatown Chinatown is a whispery breath of fresh air in the stagnation of modern country radio with no soul. The only thing that would make Chinatown a better project would be an accompanying DVD of The Be Good Tanyas performing these songs. Full Review »