Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    If Joy Division were to have formed in the last few years, they might sound similar to Calla.
  2. Alternative Press
    Sinister and atmospheric, the band have raised the intensity since their last release. [March 2003, p.86]
  3. Q Magazine
    The results are vintage sounding yet wholly fresh. [Feb 2003, p.98]
  4. A slow-motion slice of rock brilliance.
  5. Blender
    Calla's tension-filled deliberations are similar to the calibrated push-and-pull of SIgur Ros, but not nearly as pristine. [#14, p.133]
  6. An excellent atmospheric rock album.
  7. These lush arrangements seem content to simply drift by, never truly engaging the listener, and making it difficult to fully appreciate the album if you aren't in the mood to be put under.
  8. But for all of the good things that can be said about the first half of the record, the second half misses the very things that made both of the previous two records such conflicted masterpieces.
  9. Televise is a seductive piece of work and a solid step forward for Calla's songcraft.
  10. Televise's second act stumbles through a glut of mid-tempo glumness.
  11. Televise is an impressive and adventurous -- if occasionally mopey -- collection of songs.
  12. Uncut
    Favours artifice over aptitude. [Apr 2003, p.122]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. minusplus
    Oct 3, 2005
    excellent and unfortunately underrated record...