Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    This Steve Albini-engineered masterpiece is destined to establish these 15-year vets as one of underground's strongest songwriting forces. [Aug 2002, p.83]
  2. Italian Platinum isn't as thoroughly pitch-perfect as Lifestyle, but the albums share similar peaks.
  3. While they consistently get dismissed as "generic indie rock" by folks who lack the patience to seriously dig into their oeuvre, they are as multi-layered and subtle a band as you'll find.
  4. A collection of blistering rock songs and alcohol-laced laments.
  5. The songwriting marries the band's penchant for recalling its wide-ranging influences (Neil Young, CCR, Mission of Burma) with a casual, off-the-cuff air that belies the meticulous craft underneath.
  6. Silkworm as classic rock? Yep, and it’s damn good, too.
  7. The band's best release since 1996's whoopass and splashy Firewater, though it just sounds like uninviting racket the first time you hear it, and it continues Firewater's preoccupation with alcohol.
  8. Magnet
    70
    Though it isn't as catchy or streamlined as Lifestyle, one of Italian Platinum's many strengths is the continued ability of bassist Tim Midgett and guitarist Andy Cohen to pen lyrics that are downcast yet inspirational, witty yet insightful, sometimes all at once. [#55, p.86]
  9. Spin
    70
    Silkworm's songs aim for a groove and grace almost completely foreign to their genre. They don't always get there, but when they do, the results are breathtaking. [July 2002, p.110]
  10. Taking disparate elements from their collective record collection, mashing them up, and spitting them out... the members of Silkworm nonetheless end up sounding like few other rock bands of their time while hardly sounding like a cover band revue.
  11. Blender
    60
    This is the least austere record they've ever made, and the fresh air helps their odd, raw narratives flourish. [#8, p.122]

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