Aside from a smattering of reviews that tended toward the positive, the record was released to a generally scathing reception, scoring a low of 2.9/10 at aggregator website AnyDecentMusic? On another aggregator, Album of the Year, it holds the position of being the worst album of 2012 reviewed by critics. Critics commented on the supposedly generic song structure and overall 'blandness' of the album. Drowned In Sound was particularly critical, labelling it as a "reoccurring nightmare" and awarding it 0/10. There was also strong disapproval from The Fly magazine at the content of lead singer Tom Clarke's lyrics, suggesting he had over-emphasised his working class roots, and describing the record as "dull, simplistic and in no way relevant to actual life" while awarding it one star out of five. The most intensely scathing criticism came from Neil Kulkarni in The Quietus, who said: "The new Enemy album is finally here. There it sits, being shite, in the noonday sun, attracting flies...Although I have a horrible feeling it won't be, I pray and fervently hope this record is [The Enemy's] last." There was, however, some praise from the NME, who wrote, "Odd misstep aside...The Enemy have never sounded more fully themselves than they do here."