Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    A majorly impressive debut. [Aug. 2011, p. 100]
  2. 80
    An impressive debut, albeit one light on lyrical depth.
  3. Jan 18, 2012
    There's a great and more conventional singer/songwriter album waiting to get out here, but The Lateness of the Hour appears to be more concerned with creating a bold statement of intent than in showcasing Clare's undeniable talents.
  4. From dancehall/nu-metal hybrids to dubstep-meets-Bond theme balladry, its bombastic stuff, but also finely tuned in its balance of sincerity and showmanship.
  5. Jul 26, 2011
    With a little more focus and a natural approach, he could find himself a unique voice that sits outside of the styles he is trying to embrace.
  6. Jul 28, 2011
    Much of it is a coffee-table approximation of the producer duo's more irreverent work. [Aug 2011, p.89]
  7. Jul 26, 2011
    All in all, the overriding impression left by The Lateness Of The Hour is that Alex Clare is a fairly gifted gentleman. But here his talents have been squandered on a collection of songs that fail to establish him as either a dance-pop titan or an emotive warbler.
  8. Aug 5, 2011
    Lateness never does much to prove Clare and his producers were on the same page (let alone reading from the same book).
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 19, 2012
    This is a great album. I am a fan of EDM (dubstep, trance, house) and I love how Clare combined it with Alternative rock and soul. If you have not heard this album, buy it. Full Review »
  2. Jul 16, 2012
    It is a clean album with an impressive mixture of dubstep and soul. Love it!
  3. Jun 12, 2012
    The album is fully polished like shoeshiner--dubstep combined with folk. Note. I am not writing this because of Internet Explorer 9. I'm writing this because I love "Too Close" and it's stuck in my head. Full Review »