Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 21, 2014
    80
    It's as crucial and cool as set of eternally intertwined new-wave voices as Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, and that's saying a lot. [No. 106, p.54]
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    Instead of trying to recapture the magic of their formative years, Hatori and Honda have written and produced a meta-comeback record about the impulses that inspire artists to reunite.
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    Ostensibly a supernatural tale, Hotel Valentine challenges the listener to reflect on life, death, and nothingness. Whether that inspires joy or terror depends on you, but it'll inspire something.
  4. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    Still relevant in this current musical climate, the supernaturally surreal songs of Hotel Valentineare humorous, charmingly eccentric, challenging, accessible and deftly ingenious. After all these years, Cibo Matto remain relatively peerless.
  5. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    To say that the album sounds like Hatori and Honda picked up right where they left off downplays its specialness, but there's no denying it sounds like Cibo Matto had never stopped playing together.
  6. 75
    Hotel Valentine isn’t just a soundtrack to non-existent film, but an otherworldly excursion unto itself, best experienced with headphones on and eyes shut.
  7. Feb 11, 2014
    70
    It's the mood of Hotel Valentine that stands out the most.
  8. Feb 11, 2014
    70
    Their bright sound is a touch moodier on their first album in 15 years.
  9. Mar 13, 2014
    60
    Their return is certainly great news to the diehards out there. For everyone else, at least the bar hasn’t been set too high for the follow up.
  10. Taken as a whole, Hotel Valentine creates a trip of a disc, referencing the ghosts of old New York while exorcising them into something new.
  11. Feb 11, 2014
    58
    Hotel Valentine is a fine addition to the limited canon of colorful post-punk all-girl trip-hop records, but can’t avoid sounding like the relic that label implies.
  12. Feb 14, 2014
    55
    "MFN" the only track which approaches the off-kilter energy of a classic like "Birthday Cake;" too much of the remainder dissolves into one another, and little else captivates. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.70]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 11, 2014
    10
    This album is just amazing! It takes the best worlds of "Viva La Woman" and "Stereotype A" and puts a new funky twist on it. Cibo Matto is atThis album is just amazing! It takes the best worlds of "Viva La Woman" and "Stereotype A" and puts a new funky twist on it. Cibo Matto is at least in my top five bands, and after the disappointing "Uncanny Valley", it gives me hope for more of my favorite "retired" bands to get back into the studio and make more great music! Full Review »