• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Mar 5, 2002
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Make no mistake, 'Don't Be Afraid Of Love' is so much more ambitious and downright joyful than we had any right to expect that it's a flooring jolt to the system long after the first listen.
  2. Slick samples and buoyant melodies are in, dissonant atmospherics pretty much out. [Feb 2002, p.111]
  3. If there's one downside to Don't Be Afraid of Love it's that the record is a bit schizophrenic, as the jump from style to style is bumpy at times.
  4. 70
    It successfully pins down black American sources, though it's occasionally marred by dated production. [Mar 2002, p.97]
  5. The Lo-Fi's are still operating more than competently, but this time round they're not likely to blow any minds.
  6. The U.K.'s Lo Fidelity Allstars are having the genre-smashing time of their lives. [Apr 2002, p.78]
  7. There's a heavy, unmistakably classic funk groove to much of the material here.
  8. 60
    What may be most surprising here is that the Allstars have dipped their toes into the previously uncharted waters of pop songs. [Mar 2002, p.116]
  9. 60
    A pretty wild ride, but it's not always clear where they're headed. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.112]
  10. Overall, 'Don't Be Afraid...' is a tad frustrating. Everything ticks along funkily and proficiently, but nothing really wants to stick out.
User Score
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. GaryM
    Nov 9, 2006
    7
    Some gems but some real garbage as well.