• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Apr 17, 2012
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    Regardless of how his bandmates might feel, those who like their indie pop filled with soft light and tender beauty will fall in love with this album quite easily.
  2. Apr 19, 2012
    80
    From the start, Electric Cables is all sweetness and light, warmth and comfort. It contains a lingering note of disappointment in life, too, that's inevitable – but it's sweet, lovely-sounding disappointment.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    75
    Electric Cables is the sort of album whose deceptively placid presentation belies the richness of detail and sense of purpose at work here.
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    Bliss, bliss, bliss--get Loved up and float away. [May 2012, p.77]
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    40
    The uninitiated may find the unrelenting nerve-soothing a little too much like anaesthesia. [May 2012, p.100]
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    [Evokes] sun-baked panoramas. [May 2012, p.89]
  7. 60
    Love gets to indulge his sweet tooth over a whole record. That freedom turns out to be part blessing and part curse, his delicate-as-a-feather jangle and wispy vocals eventually wearing just a little thin.
  8. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    It's a joyful, undeniably positive album but more significantly Electric Cables has the potential to grow into one of those cult records that may not make a sizeable impact on the musical landscape but becomes cherished by a devoted group of listeners.
  9. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    So while Electric Cables barely breaks walking pace – its unvarying tone is the only thing that docks it a star – it's a record to cuddle up to and cherish.
  10. 70
    These collaborations [with members of his 20-year-old band, Teenage Fanclub, and Bob Kildea of Belle and Sebastian] coupled with Love's easy commute to record in the neighborhood at his own pace culminated in a welcoming, laid-back, and cohesive album that is the embodiment of springtime.
  11. Apr 5, 2012
    100
    With a band made up of old friends, Love has made a seemingly effortless record that reveals more with every listen.
  12. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    It's a beautiful collection of 'water music' that also serves as a reminder that experimentation often works best when smuggled in, sidereal style, under the canvas cover of pop songs.
  13. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    It's a comfortable masterclass, in short, from a songwriter in complete command of his aesthetic.
  14. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    This is a lovely record with enough autumnal tones to ensure that you'll still be listening to it in six months' time.
  15. 88
    Anyone's pop cynicism should have a hard time getting out of bed on this one.
  16. May 3, 2012
    80
    [A] gorgeous outing from one of rock's best pop-smiths.

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