• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2020
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Buy On
  1. 95
    Combining the spirit of Britpop with the attitude of modern day post punk, tracks like “Going Soft” , “Here It Comes Again” and the familiar cries of “Camel Crew” and “Kutcher”, swell, expand and know just when to pull the pin into an eruption of chaos.
  2. Jun 25, 2020
    80
    The album's length is just about right, going by in an efficient 36 minutes but feeling satisfying at the end, and while fans are bound to pick favorites, there's not a real dud in the bunch.
  3. Jun 22, 2020
    80
    Pleasingly, their debut album suggests there’s enough musical substance to back up their fighting talk.
  4. Jun 4, 2020
    80
    In 12 songs, they make it pretty clear which side they’re on, and it looks like the winner - smart, engaged, and willing to crack a joke with the faith that their musical dexterity will speak for itself. Love them or hate them, dismiss them at your peril.
  5. 80
    Yes, there are moments when their sound threatens to stir up the ghosts of indie landfill past – his staccato “ah ah ahs” and “la la la” drawls on “The Races”, for instance – but ultimately the charm and unpredictability of their vignettes see them through.
  6. These 12 tracks are a furious, funny flag in the ground from a band who make absolutely no bones about who they are.
  7. Jun 4, 2020
    80
    Sports Team does have the tunes to match their swagger, and having a sense of humor certainly doesn't hurt.
  8. Jun 16, 2020
    77
    These songs feel immediately familiar and timeless—you could have sworn you heard these melodies on so-and-so’s album from 15 or 25 years ago, but it never feels contrived despite obvious comparisons throughout.
  9. Jun 5, 2020
    70
    So the debut album is done, and it’s a good one.
  10. Q Magazine
    Jun 4, 2020
    60
    Music of the mid-00s is undergoing a revival. London-based Sports Team are the fresh case. [Jun 2020, p.107]
  11. Jun 4, 2020
    50
    It’s a fairly middle-of-the-road indie record. It could do with a little more depth, a little more humanity.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 65
  2. Negative: 40 out of 65
  1. Jun 14, 2020
    10
    It's interesting to see all the 0 ratings from people who clearly have little or no understanding of the art of songwriting. Make no mistake,It's interesting to see all the 0 ratings from people who clearly have little or no understanding of the art of songwriting. Make no mistake, the others (with no hidden agenda) have all rated this album as a 10, and this means something. Even if the album polarises opinion in such a way, those who have been around long enough to see Q magazine give the first Stone Roses album 3 stars, will know how good this is. A truly energising album littered with great tunes and clever lyrics. Certainly the best 'indie' record so far this year. Does it rekindle the spirit of Britpop, yes it does, but that's not exactly a bad thing, at a time when we all need something to be happy about! I only review albums that I think are genuinely noteworthy and this certainly is. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2020
    0
    unlistenable album, compelte garbage, a sad attempt in creating british indie music, not even close to that. absolutely embarrassing.
  3. Jun 13, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Very mediocre, to say the least. Also, they need to be humble and stop shading other artists for chart success. Full Review »