Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Oct 14, 2014
    100
    It might just be one of those rare treasures which keep us reluctantly, unstoppably, coming back again and again.
  2. Magnet
    Nov 12, 2014
    90
    His artistic sophistication and derring-do has reached a new (and, frankly, unexpected) level of maturity. [No. 115, p.56]
  3. Sep 23, 2014
    80
    While these "in-between areas" are not always sonically pleasant, you can't accuse them of being dull; they make Tyranny the compelling album that it is.
  4. 75
    An unexpectedly weird, inventive and invigorating album that sounds absolutely nothing like The Strokes, and for that reason alone you should be really excited, and maybe even a little hopeful, to give this record a spin.
  5. Uncut
    Nov 11, 2014
    70
    A triumphant, ridiculous mess. [Dec 2014, p.73]
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    70
    Largely though, this is the sound of Casablancas giving a middle-fingered salute to his past.
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    70
    It's the sound of a man shedding his skin. Not pretty, but more compelling for it.
  8. 67
    While it would be interesting to hear the album with sharper production and a little more focus, that would ultimately be its very end. This one thrives on the fringe.
  9. 65
    Tyranny is a fantastically interesting idea, which doesn’t always work as an album, but could make one hell of an installation
  10. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2014
    60
    For all its ambitious and admirable wilfulness, the sound of Casablancas playing in his sandpit is still an acquired taste. [Nov 2014, p.94]
  11. 60
    Those willing to take the plunge are likely to find enough here worthy of a future return to explore further and ignore, or more likely respect, its self-indulgent qualities.
  12. 60
    While Tyranny is wildly self-indulgent--and often at the expense of quality - you could never say that it's boring.
  13. Sep 30, 2014
    60
    Intriguing but muddled, Tyranny puts plenty of musical distance between Casablancas and the Strokes, but too often it lacks the clarity to be anything but challenging in the wrong ways.
  14. Sep 23, 2014
    60
    Tyranny plays out like an album-length version of that epic song, stumbling upon moments of success in the way that a drunk dart player hits a bullseye every once in a while.
  15. Oct 22, 2014
    50
    While the songs are definitely different and eccentric, there’s a real lack of a notable melodies or hooks, and while the effort is there, Tyranny just doesn’t feel very memorable or significant.
  16. Sep 25, 2014
    49
    On Tyranny, that guy has simply worked too hard, and that sense of needless toil bleeds through in every bum lick, brick-walled sound, and garbled burst of noise shoved onto the record.
  17. Q Magazine
    Oct 3, 2014
    40
    For the majority of Tyranny, it's almost impossible to understand what's going on or why. [Nov 2014, p.121]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 86
  2. Negative: 8 out of 86
  1. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    You have to take this record for what it is, an experimental attempt to fill the gaps between genres as Julian Casablancas has defined it.You have to take this record for what it is, an experimental attempt to fill the gaps between genres as Julian Casablancas has defined it. It's true that sometimes it feels like there is too much going on but that's the point. If you analyze the lyrics (though job, I know) and listen to the record carefully you'll find a lot of beauty, grotesque beauty perhaps, in it. For certain this is an album that requires us to listen with care if we want to really get it

    I do find myself wishing for some songs not being so noisy and rough, with more clear sound and specially vocals, punk isn't my thing, but I guarantee you that Tyranny has high-quality songwriting on it. You just need to be open minded enough not to panic the first time you listen to it. I would give it an 8 but given the many exaggerated reviews that give it 0s and 1s I'll give it a 10 to compensate a little.
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  2. Sep 23, 2014
    8
    While for some this album may be hard to get into, beneath all the dirty guitars and angry synthesizers there's the Julian Casablancas we allWhile for some this album may be hard to get into, beneath all the dirty guitars and angry synthesizers there's the Julian Casablancas we all know and love. And he's also dirty and angry. Throughout the album, Julian doesn't shy away from shouting and screaming his opinions on modern society, with The Voidz bringing to the mix a nostalgic punk sound that reminisces about the best things about the 80s, while sometimes getting close to being experimental.
    It's definitely a weird album/side project, but in the best kind of weird. Tyranny works and brings its message across (hey, I'm talking about the album).
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  3. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    Genius that requires at least 5 listens before an opinion is made. It's getting better and better.. Best album of the decade. It's the soundGenius that requires at least 5 listens before an opinion is made. It's getting better and better.. Best album of the decade. It's the sound of the coming revolution. Full Review »