Love And Other Planets

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Like Homesongs, this record reveals more with each listen, burrowing its way into your consciousness and becoming a welcome part of your musical DNA.
  2. Much of Love and other planets is too accessible to be denounced, and too melodically strong to be ignored.
  3. Enchanting, celestially lovely and as effective at lifting you out of yourself for forty-five minutes as an early evening cruise in a space shuttle.
  4. Comparing Homesongs to Love and Other Planets, as is sadly unavoidable with a debut and its follow up, reveals the former to be the more immediate, the more melodic and the more understandable. However, Love and Other Planets, despite a glossier overtone, is the detailed, developing record.
  5. Unfortunately, Adem’s efforts to take his music to new places result in the abandonment of much of what made Homesongs so appealing.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Rhythmically tricky acoustic arrangements showcase his soaring, sensitive-bloke vocals. [29 Sep 2006, p.81]
  7. If you’re looking for music to make heartfelt love or fall asleep to, this here’s your record.
  8. Mojo
    A much grander affair [than his debut]. [Jun 2006, p.103]
  9. Whilst retaining the heartfelt beauty of his debut album, it is the subjects tackled on Love And Other Planets and the experimentation with which this is done that really shows Adem is reaching for the stars.
  10. New Musical Express (NME)
    Adem mirrors the ambitious approach of Sufjan Stevens. [13 May 2006, p.41]
  11. Though the album can get somewhat repetitive, Adem's polished production and intimate songwriting minimize any flaws.
  12. For the kind of soul-caressing folk bobbins Adem aspires to deliver, go with Grizzly Bear.
  13. Although more full-blooded and more rhythmically experimental in places, '...Planets' isn't a giant stylistic leap from ''Homseongs', but then, why would you want it to be?
  14. Sophisticated, literate and surprisingly affecting.
  15. Though the production value of Love and Other Planets intermittently occupies the same close corners that Homesongs did, Ilham's newer work presents a concept that is far too vast to for him to have covered on his rather intimately constructed solo debut.
  16. Q Magazine
    Anything approaching a tune seems to have been muffled under a duvet of drowsiness. [May 2006, p.122]
  17. Love And Other Planets is a thing of beauty.
  18. Spin
    Never succumbing to mere cleverness, Adem achieves a singularly intimate expansiveness. [Nov 2006, p.96]
  19. His seemingly harmless overarching theme of matters extraterrestrial stitched through each of the album’s tracks somehow compromises their effectiveness.
  20. Adem's devotion to Radiohead leads to some unnecessary noise-making, but also to some highly necessary exploration of disjointed song structures.
  21. With vocals that sometimes resemble a heavily sedated Chris Martin and too many songs that drift past in a pretty but indistinct haze, Love and Other Planets never quite achieves lift-off.
  22. Uncut
    A softly glowing and unerstated album. [May 2006, p.98]
  23. Under The Radar
    At his best, he Adem creates adventurously and almost unfathomably intricate sonic constructions... At his worst, he treads a little too close to the territory of every other somber, compositionally astute singer-/songwriter. [#14]
  24. Urb
    Fragile in its struture, the album is stunningly precise and hauntingly familiar. [Sep 2006, p.131]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. toddw
    Oct 16, 2006
    Planets, space, stars, galaxies, love, and all of us... what does it all mean? Who knows, let's try to figure it out. Everything is Planets, space, stars, galaxies, love, and all of us... what does it all mean? Who knows, let's try to figure it out. Everything is connected, it seems... Listen to the lyrics on this album and have fun with all the sounds and off kilter beats. Give it time, it will grow on you after 3 or 4 listens. I keep coming back to this album as one of my favorites this year. Perfect for quiet, introspective moods. There aren't many songs that stick out as "hits", just listen to it all the way through and enjoy! Full Review »