Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. A few tracks on Shock Value are exactly what you’d expect and hope for from someone with Timbaland’s recent track record, a few are straight-up awful, and most get your head nodding well enough as long as you’re prepared to turn off your brain.
  2. Shock Value recycles many of the same beats, melodies, and other sonic ideas that were used (better and most recently, with help from co-producer Danja) on Timberlake's album.
  3. Rolling Stone
    60
    Shock Value doesn't feel as random and indistinct as many albums by producers using all-star lineups do. [19 Apr 2007, p.62]
  4. Shock Value isn't a perfect album, but it does possess various charms.
  5. Shock Value has a disturbing amount of chemistry-set mishaps.
  6. [It] would be more accurately titled Timbaland Presents Slight Confusion or Timbaland Presents an Uneven Mess.
  7. The real shock of the disc is the hit-or-miss results.
  8. The beats here are as staggering as ever, but of an indulgent 19 tracks, none sound like they were good enough to give to anybody else.
  9. Most of Shock Value confirms that Timbaland is most valuable when he's in the background.
  10. For all the trademark sonic trickery - honking rave synthesizers, fidgety beats, odd samples, vocal effects - there's a lack of decent songs.
  11. Vibe
    40
    On Shock, Timbaland has pushed himself--he's clearly striving for some of the charisma his best collaborators ooze. [May 2007, p.113]
  12. Uncut
    40
    It's strangely joyless. [Jun 2007, p.115]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 59
  2. Negative: 11 out of 59
  1. JosephA
    Apr 12, 2007
    4
    Not very good @ all. A couple of stronger tracks among a lot of really weak, even annoying ones. Very disappointing. I recommend just picking Not very good @ all. A couple of stronger tracks among a lot of really weak, even annoying ones. Very disappointing. I recommend just picking up FutureSex/LoveSounds (Timberlake) & Loose (Furtado) Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2020
    10
    This album is great. To this day, every song is still fresh. To me, at least.
  3. DanH.
    Apr 1, 2008
    9
    I liked it quite a lot.