Loud Like Nature - Add N to (X)

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. This time the group finds a better balance of the simple and the strange, making Loud Like Nature their most exciting album since Avant Hard.
  2. 90
    A brave and inventive album that refuses to be held down by conventional barriers of genre or style.
  3. Loud Like Nature contains all the traits that make Add N To (X) so captivating: blood, brains and lots of loin friction. [Dec 2002, p.77]
  4. Compelling. Devastating. Amazing. And rocks like a bastard.
  5. This is an album which manages the rare trick of being accessible and head-warpingly barmy both at the same time. [Nov 2002, p.96]
  6. 80
    Has more to do with Primal Scream's Evil heat than any arched-eyebrow electro-clashers. [Dec 2002, p.113]
  7. This is some of the most fascinating stuff that these freaks of nature have come up with yet. [#36, p.62]
  8. Add N to (X) have retained their sense of direction and honed their sound into a powerful and persuasive entity.
  9. "Loud Like Nature" is hard to take seriously, but it shows that those old analog treasures still have a few good songs left in them.
  10. All this variety is to be commended, but a lot of the tracks here sound like unfinished sketches.
  11. 60
    Despite the lacerating electro-glam of "Total All Out Water" and "Sheez Minie," it's melodic as hell. [Nov 2002, p.121]
  12. 60
    It's almost a relief when the album hangs up, like talking to a crazy and exhausting friend who didn't get the memo that we're all supposed to be zombie-d out like it's 1982 right now. [Dec 2002, p.88]
  13. 60
    Their most cohesive work to date. [Nov 2002, p.80]
  14. 40
    There's something forgettable and half-finished about a lot of it. [#11, p.124]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 29, 2010
    After rthe otherwordly magnificence of "On the Wires..." & "Avant Hard" and the wildly uneven, quasi-prog "Add Insult to Injury " came theAfter rthe otherwordly magnificence of "On the Wires..." & "Avant Hard" and the wildly uneven, quasi-prog "Add Insult to Injury " came the break-up album. While far from a classic, or their best album, there is plenty here to love. The shuddering, chaotic reinvention of uber-weirdo Kim Fowley's "Invasion of the Polaroid People" is a tour de force, as is the Dalek-vs-Glitterband stomp of "Take Me To Your Leader", with it's Oi chorus and boll-weevil lead vocals. By far the highlight of the album are tracks 6 to 8 - the unpredictable "Quantum Leap", the wonderfully pretty "Pink Lights" and the scratchy but cool "Up the Punks" - light years away from the ear-bending electro of their early albums and singles and far better than anything else being done in 2002. It will probably be another 10 years before people "get" them but I'm sure that one day hordes of people will cite them as an influence. Just as long as they don't re-form! Full Review »
  2. BenjaminBunny
    Aug 12, 2003
    Not anywhere as fresh or exciting as their first two records, "Loud Like Nature" continues their slow descent into listenable blandness.