Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    An absolutely amazing album....more riff-heavy and directly engaging than his former band's work...
  2. Like its predecessor, Golden Greats meanders a bit too much and it places a little too much emphasis on surface, but when the surface sparkles like this, it's hard to complain too loudly.
  3. This is a left-field masterpiece and Brown's best work for a decade.
  4. Despite Brown's unquestionably limited vocal range, the minute pitch shifts of his voice are well suited to the stoned-wonder of tracks like 'Set My Baby Free', 'Neptune' and 'Dolphins Were Monkeys'. It's on these blissed out, chilled moments that the album really shines.
  5. Checkout.com
    80
    Brown has mixed the best elements of '60s British flower power rock, a la the Moody Blues, with a new century's technology to create a potent, dream-inducing electronica brew.
  6. A fundamentally unselfish record, as simply enjoyable as a day off or a light beer buzz.
  7. While "Golden Greats" features some intriguing tracks and a healthy dose of Brown's trademark bravado, it doesn't come close to ringing in as powerfully as that of the Roses' era-defining sound.
  8. A belligerent record: fiercely independent, full of right angles, curious sound effects and a guitarist, Aziz Ibrahim, who believes, incorrectly, that the soul of Jimi Hendrix is preserved in his G-string.
  9. 60
    Neither great nor golden, then, but not bad either.
  10. The 10-song album... hits and misses in equal quantities, though even at its worst moments, there's at least a germ of a good idea that simply wasn't realized -- or, in the case of some of the album's longer tracks, was overdone.
  11. While Golden Greats features some intriguing tracks and a healthy dose of Brown's trademark bravado, it doesn't come close to ringing in as powerfully as the Roses' era-defining sound.
  12. Rolling Stone
    40
    Overbaked synth funk...Golden Greats cries out for a hotshot guitarist to take charge of the music -- somebody like John Squire.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. StonerExtraordinaire
    Jul 29, 2005
    10
    Fucking tip-top shit. Bang on.
  2. texasholden
    Jul 8, 2005
    8
    Not one of his best, with only two tracks that might make it on to a greatest hits CD (Dolphins & Golden Gaze). Still, worth a listen, and Not one of his best, with only two tracks that might make it on to a greatest hits CD (Dolphins & Golden Gaze). Still, worth a listen, and gets better with time. Full Review »