Let Us Never Speak Of It Again

  • Record Label: Kranky
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2005
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Out Hud’s shift to house-pop may not be the group ‘coming into its own,’ but it does throw aside the burden of influences that S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. had attached to it.
  2. Spin
    91
    They're better at evoking turbulence than talking about it--efforts to cop '80s-pop vocals are overshadowed by the cascade and rumble of the instrumental long-players. [Apr 2005, p.102]
  3. Out Hud have, in a roundabout way, developed into the most original dance band on the planet.
  4. Different and perhaps more mature than S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D., this recent release from Out Hud measures out a liquid pulse, fervently paying homage to their antecedents and feverishly shaking their asses.
  5. Let Us Never Speak of It Again is the sticky, panting, sexually deviant album Louden Up Now should have been.
  6. Uncut
    80
    Bright, luscious and languid. [Apr 2005, p.102]
  7. The New York Times
    80
    The results are simultaneously crisp and disorienting, teasing with a familiarity that quickly recedes behind complex second thoughts. [21 Mar 2005]
  8. A huge success, a fresh-sounding record that doesn't feel too obviously indebted to anything that's come before it, much less like anything Out Hud have made before.
  9. Songs walk a delicate tightrope between the brain and the hips, and the libidinal release of the beat is denied, suggested, suppressed, and finally let loose to sweat it out.
  10. Urb
    80
    Every song is a keeper. [Apr 2005, p.103]
  11. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Recall[s] dance music's pre-superclub adventures in electronica and bleepy house. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
  12. It might take a couple of rotations, but upon spinning Let Us Never Speak of it Again, be prepared to suffer from involuntary dance fits from surfeits of jollity. Asinine lyrics be damned, I’m dancing here.
  13. Boasts a wealth of dreamy atmospheres and earthy pleasure points.
  14. Under The Radar
    80
    Steps up the electronica angle and moves forward into territory both more danceable and sonically challenging. [#9]
  15. Let Us Never is the latest sophomore album to make its creator's (actually really good) debut sound kinda paltry.
  16. Out Hud’s new-found pop smarts leave you hoping that they’ll drop the instrumentals and devote a whole album to songs.
  17. If you want to dance, then Out Hud are your outfit of choice.
  18. Let Us Never Speak Of It Again is at the same time better than Street Dad in several ways, but also much more indulgent (sometimes in bad ways) than its concise predecessor.
  19. Blender
    70
    Out Hud don't write songs, they whip up grooves: streamlined throbs and pulses, transmitted live from Saturday night at the coolest club in town. [May 2005, p.123]
  20. Magnet
    70
    Without seeming pretentious or curated, Out Hud is making dance music that feels "important." [#67, p.110]
  21. Rolling Stone
    60
    It's insular stuff, but because they think like hipster Stockhausens and always keep things moving, Out Hud's indie disco is exciting where Tortoise's indie jazz was merely annoying. [24 Mar 2005, p.79]
  22. Mojo
    60
    It's unfortunate that the weedy vocals dilute some of its impact, otherwise this would be a triumph. [Apr 2005, p.89]
  23. Q Magazine
    60
    Like LCD [Soundsystem], Out Hud spice up electronic grooves with lithe basslines and post-punk guitars, albeit with less finesse. [Apr 2005, p.123]
  24. Let Us Never Speak of it Again is bor-ing.
  25. Unfortunately, Let Us Never Speak Of It Again barely registers any of the emotion or punch of the debut and, worst of all, goes ahead and adds positively dreadful lyrics to nearly all the songs.
  26. Alternative Press
    40
    Sounds anemic. [May 2005, p.138]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. zingzingzingzing
    Oct 14, 2005
    9
    One of the best synthpop albums of this decade. better than junior boys or whatever other serious contenders you can think of... seems that One of the best synthpop albums of this decade. better than junior boys or whatever other serious contenders you can think of... seems that the boys(and girls) of the !!!/outhud collective are some of the most interesting at play these days... Full Review »
  2. benm
    Sep 12, 2005
    9
    lyrics take some getting used to but have grown on me. extremely danceable and catchy in a balls-out wacky kinda way. parts are rather lyrics take some getting used to but have grown on me. extremely danceable and catchy in a balls-out wacky kinda way. parts are rather forgettable but it's ok you will need a rest. Full Review »
  3. AsahiK.
    Aug 21, 2005
    9
    Nice dancerock, better than !!! or the LCD Soundsystem, more melodious and glitchy at once.