Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. What is really so special about Gotham! is its infectiousness.
  2. *The* hook-saturated, dance-rock record of 2002.... A near-perfect hybrid of perpetual rhythm, flow and hooks.
  3. 'Gotham!' is an infinitely danceable and certainly insightful record that gets better with each listen, on every frequency.
  4. Alternative Press
    90
    Radio 4 evoke the Clash, Wire, Les Savy Fav and neo-new wave, jamming epileptic rhythms with chunks of white noise to get a restlessly eclectic sound. [Jun 2002, p.82]
  5. Half dance party, half political rally, Gotham is a rock record for a new era.
  6. Because the disc's energetic blend of electronics, robotics, and riffage is so vivacious, it hardly matters that the shadows of Radio 4's predecessors loom large over "Gotham."
  7. One of the best, if not the best, of the Brooklyn-based, Gang of Four-worshipping lot.
  8. My only complaint about this brilliant album is that the first half is so strong, the second half is weak in comparison.
  9. Q Magazine
    80
    Struggle, New Disco, and Dance To The Underground are too-self conscious by half but they're still hoisted by a steamrolling dynamic and sharp hooks. [Nov 2002, p.110]
  10. It's not a bad album by most standards-- in fact it's pretty good at points-- but in the end slides into a mire of adequacy after generating high expectations early on.
  11. Uncut
    60
    A divine marriage of disco with discord that, while blatantly indebted to the mutant guitar funk of PiL, ACR, The Pop Group, Gang of Four, et al, enjoys the best of both disciplines. [Nov 2002, p.116]
  12. Blender
    40
    All the post-punk components are here, but they don't jell into anything more than a mannered take on the punk that punk forgot. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.112]
  13. By the second and third tunes, the game is up. We get it: Gang of Radio 4. This is Radio 4 Clash. And so on.
  14. Only the dub-inflected excursion of "Pipe Bomb" and the Clash-style raver "Eyes Wide Open" manage to break from boredom and form long enough to feel somewhat genuine -- as long as you don't listen to any of the lyrics.
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  1. Jun 27, 2012
    7
    Their best album definitely. There are really great songs, but unfortunatelly just the first half of the album is good. The band hasTheir best album definitely. There are really great songs, but unfortunatelly just the first half of the album is good. The band has potential, but Gotham! is just how far they can go... Full Review »