• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jan 6, 2004
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This album is like expert plastic surgery -- you know some of it may be artificial, but damn, ain't it good?
  2. The songs are better than solid. They're catchier than catchy. These songs are just good.
  3. A record of overwhelming deconstruction and newly explored territorial demarcation.
  4. Spin
    75
    Ambitious, uneven. [Feb 2004, p.96]
  5. The change may shock fans, but Phantom Planet wears the shaggy tunes well.
  6. Phantom Planet, although obviously representing a group still searching for its sonic niche, nonetheless manages to entertain, perhaps proving there can be life after "California."
  7. The relentlessness of the pillaging becomes one of the album’s virtues—each song wildly varies from the next, revealing thirty-five minutes of noise and pop that extends far beyond the surface into a slowly decaying singalong monster.
  8. Whether Phantom Planet will be the second coming of Cheap Trick remains to be seen, but for now, it neatly fills the void for trashy, catchy power pop left by Urge Overkill's premature burnout.
  9. The album is absurdly derivative -- songs like ''You're Not Welcome Here'' and ''By the Bed'' could be Strokes outtakes -- but something about its restless energy and sense of what-the-hell surprise is commendable.
  10. What Phantom Planet lack in stripped-down hooks they make up for with a full-bodied guitar attack and big, bloodletting choruses.
  11. This willfully noisy, messy album is ultimately just as contrived as the band's glossier sound was, and the shift from The Guest's winsome pop -- which was also a shift from their debut's heavily Weezer-influenced sound -- makes it difficult to get a grip on the band.
  12. Alternative Press
    60
    Phantom Planet are shooting for something a bit less sunny here than their last outing. [Mar 2004, p.106]
  13. Blender
    60
    [Several songs] sound way too much like Strokes castoffs, a situation little helped by... Fridmann's unusually heavy-handed production. [Mar 2004, p.125]
  14. Mojo
    40
    The whole affair comes off like a desperate bit of trend trawling. [Feb 2004, p.99]
  15. Q Magazine
    40
    This is as cynical a mish-mash of popular trends as you can imagine. [May 2004, p.106]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. SeamusS
    Jan 25, 2006
    10
    One of the few albums in recent years I can honestly call an inspired Masterpiece. No pretention, heavy, tight, brilliant
  2. amyt
    Sep 12, 2004
    10
    i think its amazing. their albums are always always fantastic
  3. JebJ
    Apr 14, 2004
    9
    it takes a couple listens to grow on you, but once it does it's like a new appendage you can't do without. although the Strokes it takes a couple listens to grow on you, but once it does it's like a new appendage you can't do without. although the Strokes comparisons are perhaps inevitable, it's worth nothing that the stylistic shift between this album and the previous one shows a range and depth that wasn't evident between the 2 strokes albums. Phantom Planet have their own magpie sound, and the songs stand on their own merits. great lyrics, muscular rhythm section, fluid guitars, just an all around kick ass album Full Review »