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Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Jan 14, 2015
    100
    Ratworld is that rarest of beasts--a debut album that’s got a backstory running deeper than all six seasons of Lost, but still sounds like it’s delivered without any requirement for effort whatsoever.
  2. Jan 27, 2015
    80
    They do what they do quite well and this cohesive debut should win them plenty of fans.
  3. 80
    Menace Beach’s debut may relish a world on the brink of chaos, but this is a band with their shit together.
  4. Feb 17, 2015
    70
    Ratworld wears its influences brazenly on its sleeves, but its execution is impressive, presenting an odd bird view of a world that is ostensibly its own.
  5. Jan 20, 2015
    70
    At times, the music is so rousing and glorious that it’s easy to just not care about the fact that they’re heading down a well-worn path. Needham and Violet have conjured up a heavily melodic album that is as surprisingly well thought out as it is satisfyingly loud.
  6. Jan 16, 2015
    70
    There’s also an over reliance on the sonic pallette of their Nineties forebears, but those feel like nitpics because Ratworld, despite wearing its influences on its sleeve, presents a world that is uniquely its own.
  7. Jan 23, 2015
    61
    Theirs is the rare lead vocalist/backing vocalist dynamic that feels like an equal partnership, with Violet’s injections propelling these songs nearly as much as their rubbery bass lines or pogoing guitars.
  8. Jan 21, 2015
    60
    Throwback factor aside, there is a lot of shameless fun on offer, though little imagination. But what they lack in originality they make up for in hooks and enthusiasm.
  9. Jan 13, 2015
    60
    The speed-rock splendour of ‘Lowtalkin’’ put to one side, the band’s career prospects and longevity probably lie in the strained emotional hypnotism of the more muted, more self-conscious moments.
  10. Q Magazine
    Jan 12, 2015
    60
    Come On Give Up bottles the album's slacker vibe, but Ratworld is more nuanced than most garage rockers could ever manage. [Feb 2015, p.111]
  11. Jan 12, 2015
    60
    It’s impossible to deny the appeal but, equally, it’s hard not to want Menace Beach to find their own voice.
  12. Uncut
    Jan 12, 2015
    60
    It's all likable, seldom revelatory. [Feb 2015, p.80]
  13. Feb 17, 2015
    50
    The handful of tracks that work on Ratworld demonstrate that Menace Beach has potential. But the rest of the album shows clearly that while the group has a distinctive sound, they just aren’t there yet from a songwriting perspective.

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