Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nothing here is as generous as the hooks found on the band's sole hit (you may remember "Natural One" from the Kids soundtrack), but there's plenty of mournful rock for the mopers in the world.
  2. Alternative Press
    A rock record that sounds a lot like Sebadoh with an aspiring guitar hero. [Mar 2003, p.94]
  3. For impassioned Barlow fans, The New Folk Implosion's minute forward progress means a lot.
  4. Barlow has stripped away the beats that made it interesting and blurred the line between this band and his others.
  5. Mojo
    For better and occasionally worse, it feels effortless for listener and writer alike. [Apr 2003, p.112]
  6. Q Magazine
    Gone are most of the Beck-ish hip hop stylings, back is the bespoke indiecraft of spidery guitars, loose drums and oblique lyricism. [Mar 2003, p.108]
  7. And while its high points are nice and its low points aren't offensive, The New Folk Implosion is not the kind of album one would likely choose to listen to over the Pearl Jam and Paul Westerberg records that are similar and, frankly, better.
  8. The melodies are there, but they sure aren't catchy pop.
  9. The band's new sound is nothing short of painfully, achingly banal.
  10. Uncut
    For Barlow stalwarts only. [Mar 2003, p.100]
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. OgtoF
    Aug 13, 2006
    Tout est bon.
  2. michaelm
    Mar 24, 2003
    Very dull. Disappointing for Lou Barlow fans. Hoped for better but, got what I expected.