Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A fantastic debut album that only gets richer and better with more listens, Gallowsbird's Bark is more fully formed and daring than most second or third albums from many bands.
  2. Plays like a big, half-drunken romp through golden-era rock 'n' roll-- airy and thrilling and shifty as hell.
  3. A unique musical vision with a genuinely unique and beautifully skewed worldview to boot.
  4. Q Magazine
    A joy from start to finish. [Dec 2003, p.124]
  5. Mojo
    An odball masterpiece. [Oct 2003, p.110]
  6. It pulls from a grab bag of influences, from Bob Dylan to Broadway, The Who to honky-tonk, and tosses them around with apparent abandon. In spite of this (or maybe because of it), The FFs spin all of this into a sound that's consistent, yet almost magically unique.
  7. Uncut
    This may well be the most exhilarating debut of the year. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    They're loose, quirky, and rocking. [Listen 2 This supplement, Nov 2003, p.41]
  9. It’s an album full of aggressive piano, golden rock and roll and warbled, disturbed lyrics.
  10. The duo manage to create the same raw fervoured energy of Jack 'n Meg, but also utilise a far more diverse array of sound and instruments.
  11. Blender
    The Furnaces play with a whimsical charm, so the band seems more like an arts-and-crafts project than an occupation. [Nov 2003, p.113]
  12. The Furnaces’ brand of sonic mayhem may not be for everyone, but there are rewards for those who dare take the plunge.
  13. A spiky hybrid of stuff grabbed from various decades.
  14. Every song is a piano recital, a punk rock concert, a tone poem, an art project, a dizzying expanse of white noise, a beautiful mess. But over Gallowbird's Bark, you begin to wonder the appeal of it all.
  15. Magnet
    Some songs here make more sense than others, and the musicianship, while spirited, isn't quite accomplished. [#61, p.92]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- 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. ChrisB
    Nov 19, 2006
    One of my favorite records of the past five years. Dark and playful.
  2. Jyoti
    Aug 3, 2006
    The Furnaces are a revelation, and are unlike their contemporaries, who don't seem able to do anything with their influences other than The Furnaces are a revelation, and are unlike their contemporaries, who don't seem able to do anything with their influences other than copy them. FF may reprise the history of popular music in their albums, but there's nothing ersatz about them. Full Review »
  3. ThomasS
    Jul 11, 2005
    One of the freshest albums I have heard lately. The more times you listen to the record, the richer it gets. It's on my top 10 list.