Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Their bouncily hummable tunes and tortured lyrics about girls might evoke thoughts of groups like Weezer, but these guys aren't nerd-rock clones.
  2. The first pleasant surprise of 2004.
  3. While there is a fair fetter of kook in here – it’s hard to sing histrionically and American and have a wirbly organ thing without sounding a little trite - this desire to geek out is mixed with a warm and thoughtful structural progression that, while never breaking the gasp-o-meter, makes for a pleasing enough debut.
  4. Q Magazine
    Swinging, scratchy indie-pop, with see-sawing melodies, emotive vocals and frustrated tales. [Jul 2004, p.127]
  5. The more poppy songs here are remarkably good.... But be aware that it's often a jarring listen.
  6. It is sort of a bad sign that a band's debut is plagued by filler.
  7. Alternative Press
    The album's middle drags, and as original as they sound on their own, the songs become monotonous by the album's end. [Mar 2004, p.96]
  8. Mojo
    Better records lie in their future, doubtless, but this is a very promising, very charming glimmer. [May 2004, p.104]
  9. The real problem with Volcano, though, is not only the fact that they aren't really doing anything inventive with their music, but that the music itself is utterly forgettable.
  10. New Musical Express (NME)
    Experimental pop that tries way too hard and yet paradoxically feels frustratingly half-hearted. [12 Jun 2004, p.49]
User Score

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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. TommyL
    Jan 5, 2007
    The critics got it wrong on this one. This is an amazing album from an amazing band. Don't hesitate to buy this album. It's lots of fun.
  2. LindaM
    Aug 6, 2004