Critical response to These Are the Good Times People was mixed. The album so far has a Metacritic rating of 56 out of 100 based on "mixed or average reviews".musicOMH remarked, "There's nothing complicated on this album, but then when did things ever need to be complicated?"Allmusic said that in view of the lineup changes, the album is "perhaps their most eclectic album to date."Billboard found that while nothing on the album is as immediately memorable as "Lump" or "Peaches," several tracks "come across as less novelty-like as a result of songcraft."Uncut magazine felt the record was "the desperate death-throe of a rank '90s relic."