Beta Love

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. 60
    Pop-radio metamorphosis hasn’t been fully achieved, and there are plenty of moments where pure beauty shines through.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, too many songs have that thin, cheap quality that so many indie dance bands were into a decade ago. Good thing they're so ridiculously catchy.
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    52
    Ra Ra Riot are best when they stick with what they wanted to get away from.
  4. 50
    For an album that embraces the theme of technology, Beta Love sounds stuck in the past, belonging to an era in which the novelty of overusing the synthesizer has not yet worn off.
  5. Jan 25, 2013
    50
    Racing through 11 disjointed songs in 30 minutes flat, Ra Ra Riot never give their material a chance to breathe. Instead, we're left with somewhat impressive ideas, squandered with impressive vigor.
  6. Alternative Press
    Jan 22, 2013
    50
    Beta Love feels too much like the band's token electronic record. [Feb 2013, p.92]
  7. Jan 22, 2013
    50
    Despite the experimentation, most of the album sounds as brittle as a demo.
  8. Feb 4, 2013
    46
    The result is an unfortunately hollow album, recycled in its sound and empty in its emotion.
  9. Jan 22, 2013
    42
    It tries so hard to please that it becomes perversely repellant.
  10. Mar 13, 2013
    40
    This is a confused mess of a record, with nonsensical lyrics, trite musical clichés, and not a lot else.
  11. Q Magazine
    Mar 12, 2013
    40
    Beta Love ultimately feels unfinished. [Apr 2013, p.109]
  12. Feb 25, 2013
    40
    This album may have been a growing pain in their attempt to evolve past their initial signature baroque pop, but it sounds like they missed a few steps that needed to be taken.
  13. Jan 22, 2013
    40
    Beta Love is a fine album for the dance floor, a poor one for the headphones, and a disconcerting new direction for the band.

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