"Crammed with unashamedly grandiose, sweeping rock anthems, it's just an album full of great tracks. The start of a more 'mainstream' sound era, and possibly the biggest change in sound between albums."
"I think this album is underrated. The Manics continue to prove their musical prowess with a slower, subtler, quieter album than EMG. Full of heartfelt, darkly haunting tracks, this album grows on you."
"Richey's lyrics return along with the urgency of the sharp, punky melodies harking back to their earlier career. So it's certainly their most interesting recent album, but not all tracks hit the mark."
"The only Manics album I don't really enjoy. A couple of stand-out tracks and some very original, interesting moments - but it also seems inconsistent and uninspiring at times. Maybe you will disagree."