Aside from a smattering of reviews that tended toward the positive, the record was released to a strongly negative reception, scoring a low of 2.9/10 at aggregator website AnyDecentMusic? (the second-lowest rated album of all time). On another aggregator, Album of the Year, it holds the position of being the worst album of 2012 reviewed by critics.Daily Record writer Rick Fulton reported that several of his readers considered Streets in the Sky to be "among the very worst releases of the year, and indeed, all time".
Drowned in Sound were particularly critical, labelling it as a "reoccurring nightmare" and awarding it 0/10 while urging lead singer Tom Clarke to retire from music "for the sake of future generations". There was also strong disapproval from The Fly at the content of 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 scathing criticism came from Neil Kulkarni in The Quietus, who called the album "shite, in the noonday sun, attracting flies", and "fervently" hoped it would be 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."