Frontman Matthew Murphy told triple j Breakfast that his grand vision:
was to keep it organic and not use too many synths or whatever, like we had done on the last couple of albums… In terms of songwriting, I think it’s a bit of a bangin’ album to be honest.
In his review for NME, Thomas Smith suggests:
There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but little to be ashamed of either.
I think though that Mac McNaughton captures it best in The Music when wonders:
Was that it.
There are some albums that are instantly irresistible, then there are those that are unexpected, taking a bit more time to make sense of. This has been my experience with some of the latter Radiohead albums. Maybe Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life will be the same, but right now. It is not standing up against past albums.