Loose Fur - Loose Fur

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    This is true cosmic American music and possibly the best thing all concerned have ever done.
  2. The result is aural perfection. [Feb 2003, p.68]
  3. This is the natural and logical epiphany of three musicians who have been getting to know one another for some time. It's also a damn good album.
  4. Tweedy, O'Rourke and Kotche push each other in exciting directions, with songs building on the contributions of each.
  5. Challenging, arresting and moving in equal measures.
  6. 80
    The group allows O'Rourke to indulge his songwriter instincts and Tweedy to exert an often-suppressed experimental imperative. [Feb 2003, p.82]
  7. In its own fragile way, a delight. [Mar 2003, p.111]
  8. Six extended entanglements that capture the spirit of willful experimentation and magnetic pull of melody.
  9. The Wilco record [YHF] sports superior songcraft, but Loose Fur is more relaxed and more overtly exploratory: With less pressure to get somewhere specific, the musicians travel farther afield, and encounter more striking scenery.
  10. While the record is surely Tweedy’s most experimental to date, it’s also, amazingly enough, his most lighthearted. In the end, this is both the gift and curse of Loose Fur, in band and album form.
  11. Anthemic minus guitar heroism, psychedelic without melting walls, modestly pretentious, it's art rock in overalls. [7 Feb 2003, p.82]
  12. Fans of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot will no doubt find Loose Fur an indispensable companion piece, as much of the music found here occupies roughly the same static-frosted moonscape as "Radio Cure".
  13. 70
    Occasionally meanders into lift muzak for people who only ever travel in really cool lifts. [Mar 2003, p.103]
  14. 70
    Loose Fur is fun, even if it is exactly the sum of its parts. [#14, p.139]
  15. Without a doubt there are quite a few moments on Loose Fur to enthrall diehard fans of anyone involved. And yet, when all is said and done, I’m still wanting more, wondering what else they could have done.
  16. 70
    O'Rourke mostly contributes electro-folk noodling for a laptop-friendly coffeehouse, but Tweedy's tunes are glum gold. [Jan 2003, p.98]
  17. Overall, Loose Fur is kinda interesting, especially as a historical document, but it's not much more than that.
  18. The album's laid-back, off-the-cuff experiments are just enjoyable instead of brilliant, but they nevertheless display the undeniable creative chemistry that the trio shares.
  19. Sounds a bit like a stripped-down version of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
  20. While there's undoubtedly a wealth of ideas to be found here, listenability is the real wildcard.
  21. A pleasant if somewhat plain folk-rock record, less adventurous than either Wilco's or O'Rourke's own recent outings. [#227, p.68]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. dans
    Oct 16, 2003
    Who is this SC Master slash loser? This album is beautiful period Lush, simple yet dense, full of beautiful moments. The only reason you could not agree is if you had bad taste, or your head up your ass as you were listening to it. Peace Full Review »
  2. hotdiggetydog
    Mar 19, 2003
    Yes, good. Loose but good. Random noises coalesce into the catchiest of melodies.
  3. SCMaster
    Feb 13, 2003
    This is the type of thing that convinces you that these reviews, at least the ones by the 'professionals', can't be taken seriously. They are too wrapped up in trying to prove how hip they are to be able to discern talent or the lack thereof. They equate obscure with deserving of merit, failing to realize a good deal of obscure music is obscure for a reason. I mean, listen to this thing. It's sophomoric at best, self-infatuated meaningless and meandering noodling. And this gets scores in the 70's???!! Truly awful. Full Review »