Love Letters - Metronomy
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the British indie-pop band led by Joe Mount was recorded at Toe Rag Studios.
  • Record Label: Elektra
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    85
    Pushing away the froth and frivolity, they leave a darker, more satisfying, and ultimately superior record in their wake. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.74]
  2. 80
    The sonic thinness which seems inherent to Mount remains his limiting weakness, and modest strength.
  3. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    If The English Riviera was a lovingly weaved ode to a vibrant utopia, Love Letters, its predecessor and Metronomy's fourth full-length offering, is a return to the same shores, but under much darker skies.
  4. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    Mount's intoxicating amalgam of past and present is the real thing. [Apr 2014, p.114]
  5. Mar 7, 2014
    70
    The rest can't quite match this opening brace ["The Upsetter"], but there are gems throughout. [Apr 2014, p.75]
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    There’s a nagging feeling that those derivative misses aren't so much accidental misfires as born out of a writer keen to remain free of the pressures of success. That prevents a promising record from being as good as it had the potential to be.
  7. 42
    Metronomy must have many more experimental ideas to sift through before settling down with any one particular sound, just failing to come up with a compelling, powerful way to tell this story.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Mar 11, 2014
    8
    Some might consider it a step back, but I really ended up loving their simplicity approached by reducing instrumentation (just listen to the drum-loop on "the upsetter" - repetitive but quite fitting in order to create the right mood). Though the LP appears pretty monotonous at first glimpse, there´s a lot more to discover, if you dare digging deeper. My recommendation is to focus on the songwriting instead of the "this-song-just-sounds-like-the-one-before-feeling". Each track suddenly unveils as being rewarding, I swear. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    8
    personally, at the start of the album, I was worrying slightly as to whether I would like this or not, fortunately however, the further through this album you get, the more enjoyable it happens to become. Metronomy seem to have taken a lot more of an experimental and poppier route, If not a more hard and what may be for some fans, a less rewarding listen. Personally however, I believe this is the sound of a band going good. Expand