Love Kraft

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Perhaps it's a little disappointing on some level that Love Kraft is merely a very good Super Furry Animals [album], with few surprises outside of its alluring sleekness.
  2. If Love Kraft were three or four songs shorter, would it be one of the Super Furry Animals' best records? Maybe.
  3. A utopian epic, a sweeping musical argument for love in the time of Fallujah.
  4. Uncut
    90
    Super Furry Animals have just made perhaps the defining record of their career. [Sep 2005, p.100]
  5. Q Magazine
    50
    While there's no doubt that listening to the Super Furries' seventh album is mostly a pleasure, there are moments when it feels like a little less relaxation might have paid off. [Sep 2005, p.116]
  6. Mojo
    60
    A beautiful waste of time. [Sep 2005, p.88]
  7. Love Kraft emphasizes contemplative beauty over the manic propulsion of the band's early work.
  8. Under The Radar
    100
    A work that's at once blissfully romantic, ominously dark, and ridiculously imaginative. [#10, p.107]
  9. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Just another mind-bendingly great, often dazzling SFA record. [20 Aug 2005, p.57]
  10. Their melodies have never sounded richer or more lovely, their charm never more beguiling. SFA have made their best album yet.
  11. Love Kraft is the greatest realisation of the Super Furry vision to date.
  12. Paste Magazine
    80
    The Furries are super once more. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.144]
  13. Magnet
    80
    It's not so much airily psychedelic as totally stoned. [#69, p.99]
  14. What could have easily ended up as a boring, stale record -- the sound of a band getting ready for 401(k) land -- is instead the peaceful sound of a goofy band being a little less silly.
  15. Frankly, Love Kraft sounds like a different band, which would be fine, if it wasn’t so less loveable and not nearly as bizarre.
  16. Filter
    88
    Their greatest album. [#17, p.93]
  17. Even by SFA’s lofty standards, the production on Love Kraft is little short of incredible.
  18. "Love Kraft" is as cohesive a record as the group has yet produced.
  19. "Love Kraft"... sees the group slowing down and settling into themselves, revelling in their customary psychedelic indulgences while knocking out a supremely relaxed perfect pop album in the process.
  20. Love Kraft is taken down by sludgy pacing and a paucity of ideas.
  21. Urb
    60
    The difference between Super Furry Animals and all those freaky folk guys is that SFA aren't really trying to be all that freaky anymore. [Oct 2005, p.80]
  22. They seem to have recaptured a lot of the elegance and urgency that characterised the increasingly seminal 'Rings Around The World'... and the songwriting, even if it is roaming mostly uncharted territory, is back towards prime potency.
  23. Unhurried, smooth and easy on the ears.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. JoeyL
    Dec 3, 2006
    10
    This is probably the best album they've made. It's mature and absolutely beautiful.
  2. Alex
    Feb 6, 2006
    10
    Another comment here asks "Are they ever going to make an album that is less than brilliant?" Unlikely.
  3. JimD
    Nov 24, 2005
    9
    Anyone who likes SFA and doesn't think this album is great should listen to it at least 20 times before giving it a rating. I Anyone who likes SFA and doesn't think this album is great should listen to it at least 20 times before giving it a rating. I wasn't all that impressed after the first couple of listens, but now I have to say its one of my favourite albums of all time. If it didn't have "The Horn" on it, it would be a perfect album. Full Review »