Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Jan 13, 2020
    60
    Where it stumbles as a concept record, it only sometimes succeeds as an art-rock record. As it turns out, an important idea does not an important album make.
  2. Jan 13, 2020
    60
    While the elastic basslines of the Talking Heads-indebted Only in a Man’s World and Money Is a Memory stand out, Making a New World works best as a single piece of music, not least because some of its interstices are too fragile to stand unaided.
  3. Jan 9, 2020
    60
    Aside from a few great moments like the warm and accessible track ‘Beyond That Of Courtesy’, this listen does feel slightly hard to grasp due to its disjointed nature. There are enough ideas in the tank here, but ultimately it's not one to rush out and buy.
  4. Jan 16, 2020
    53
    There’s a familiar, overriding sense of a couple of guys reading something about history and having a lot to report. If you don’t mind the idea of These New Puritans as your dad after a Ken Burns binge, you’ll find signs of life and creativity within Making a New World’s overall confusion. If not, no one could blame you for moving on.
  5. Unfortunately, as a musical portrayal of the long-lasting echoes of WWI, its ideas are far more interesting than their execution.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Jan 16, 2020
    6
    A very strange listen. Fascinating concept and lots of cool musical ideas here and there but there's so much nondescript excess here thatA very strange listen. Fascinating concept and lots of cool musical ideas here and there but there's so much nondescript excess here that weighs down the album as a whole. Instead of meandering aimlessly on 19 tracks where only 2 of them break the 4 minute mark why not condense the track list to it's most polished and conceptual songs. Full Review »