Love Kraft - Super Furry Animals
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. 90
    Super Furry Animals have just made perhaps the defining record of their career. [Sep 2005, p.100]
  5. 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. 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. Just another mind-bendingly great, often dazzling SFA record. [20 Aug 2005, p.57]
  9. A work that's at once blissfully romantic, ominously dark, and ridiculously imaginative. [#10, p.107]
  10. Love Kraft is the greatest realisation of the Super Furry vision to date.
  11. Their melodies have never sounded richer or more lovely, their charm never more beguiling. SFA have made their best album yet.
  12. The Furries are super once more. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.144]
  13. 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.
  14. 88
    Their greatest album. [#17, p.93]
  15. Even by SFA’s lofty standards, the production on Love Kraft is little short of incredible.
  16. "Love Kraft" is as cohesive a record as the group has yet produced.
  17. Frankly, Love Kraft sounds like a different band, which would be fine, if it wasn’t so less loveable and not nearly as bizarre.
  18. 80
    It's not so much airily psychedelic as totally stoned. [#69, p.99]
  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. 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 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. 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 »