• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: May 21, 2013
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    It's gimmicky, sure, but also pretty irresistible.
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    80
    Yes, he's a magpie--like, is My Girl really not a Ramones cover?--but Willy Moon is classy, forward-looking and 100 per cent on the money. [May 2013, p.100]
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    70
    The gimmickry of Moon’s music does prevent his debut from ever being labeled as great art, but it certainly doesn’t prevent it from being one of 2013’s most ecstatic, all-out fun albums.
  4. May 20, 2013
    70
    Here's Willy Moon: this is music that is out there, it is not cooked up by consultants and marketers, it's a truly, genuinely strange attempt at something new--it may miss its mark but that's why it's fascinating.
  5. Apr 5, 2013
    70
    Here’s Willy Moon is an exciting debut from someone who’s trying to break the pop mould, several genres at a time.
  6. Apr 4, 2013
    60
    Moon's puts a scratchy guitar line atop juddering drum-machine beats, while he quavers and hollers the vocal line in 50s fashion.
  7. Apr 4, 2013
    60
    It's terrific fun while it lasts, and Moon's knowingly gawky charms just about manage to stave off any lingering Jimmy Ray (remember him?) related doubts, but the general lack of content does offer fairly compromised value for money, and raises questions as to if he'll be able to think of ways to expand his repertoire without ruining the central conceit, or just end up being an oddball one trick pony.
  8. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    Willy Moon's a frail flower compared with Diddley, and his beats are pedestrian next to Swizz's. But he's on to something.
  9. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    It’s hit and miss, but Here’s Willy Moon kind of does what it says on the tin.
  10. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    There is a lack of substance in the middle of the album as tracks fly by, melting into each other, and because the album bombards us early on, it doesn’t pick up until the final stretch.
  11. 60
    His debut works far better than it should.
  12. Where White’s ‘Shakin’ sweated sassy evil, Moon’s is hamstrung by contrived effort.

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