Love from London

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Mar 5, 2013
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Mar 5, 2013
    83
    As Love From London reinforces, he’s not relying on cleverness or humor as a crutch; even when he’s using elaborate imagery to explore a very simple feeling or situation, his sincerity never wavers.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    There’s no instant standout, but the album both withstands and repays repeated listening.
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    This British singer-songwriter and psychedelic cult hero keeps issuing delightful, incisive rec ords, and this is one of his recent best.
  4. 80
    It’s an album that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but adds an extra corner and somehow makes it go faster.
  5. Q Magazine
    Mar 12, 2013
    80
    Hitchcock continues on a roll, all 10 songs here hooking you in with the head-nodding grooves and dreamy psych-pop tunes of seasoned pro. [Apr 2013, p.103]
  6. Mojo
    Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Love From London once again shows his ability to reconcile the sheer peculiar wonder of being alive. [Apr 2013, p.96]
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Love From London is by no means an Earth-shaking or life-changing record, but its virtues are plentiful, and so well balanced that its title is by equal measures sarcastic and sincere.
  8. Uncut
    Mar 5, 2013
    80
    Like Bryan Ferry aglow after the best afternoon stroll of his life, stylish and uncharacteristically serene. [Apr 2013, p.72]
  9. 80
    Put aside the historical perspective and just listen to Love From London. From the opening, minor-key piano strikes and repetitive swirls of opening track “Harry’s Song,” Hitchcock catches you--leaves you breathless--with his ability to compel.
  10. Mar 12, 2013
    70
    Love from London shows that far from resting on his laurels he’s still evolving as an artist, making music vital enough to be enjoyed on its own, highly personal terms.
  11. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    While his customary playfulness in dissecting matters of the heart and cerebellum is a reassuring hallmark of Love From London, the album also proffers a brooding, politicised, sometimes incensed Hitchcock.
  12. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    Hitchcock is clearly having fun here, and while that sense of joyful, mad abandon may not always result in quality, it's hard not root for a guy who, at 60, isn’t afraid to stand behind his "honey naked and uncooked."
  13. 70
    Love from London can be thought of as a gallery of bright watercolors with more portentous shades nestled in the background, or perhaps looming just off canvas.
  14. Mar 20, 2013
    66
    Love From London is the newest of the prolific jangle-rocker’s solo endeavors, but he’s still not finished reinventing himself.
  15. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    60
    The album is a bit of a mixed batch. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.99]
  16. Magnet
    Mar 15, 2013
    60
    Love From London could use more of those surprising or insightfully startling juxtapositions that define his best labors. [No. 96, p.58]
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  1. May 16, 2013
    8
    Well this album's been out a few months now and it's original simplicity has given way to the lovingly crafted intricacies that we love RobynWell this album's been out a few months now and it's original simplicity has given way to the lovingly crafted intricacies that we love Robyn for. Yes it doesn't break any new ground or suffer trying but his writing has been at top-form forever and I for one am just so very grateful it still is. A lovely full-bodied band sound that sounds like it's meandered through the back streets of London in summertime by one of our finest and most unstoppable songwriters.Hurrah the Full Review »