Love Sign - Free Energy
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 25, 2013
    50
    Love Sign‘s attempts to update Free Energy’s basic sound to include ‘80s influences is well-intentioned. But like everything else on the album, it only works in fits and starts.
  2. Feb 11, 2013
    85
    The album preserves--even perfects--the spirit of its delirious debut, while fashioning something even bigger: brighter, tighter, better, more. [No. 95, p.55]
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    Free Energy know that what they're emulating is about bliss not meaning, and they're savvy enough to embrace pop simplicity without condescending to it.
  4. Jan 18, 2013
    70
    Love Sign escapes almost all of the sophomore LP pitfalls.
  5. 60
    The slick varnish he [producer John Agnello] slathers on doesn't do this group any favors. Still, the melodies stick to your brain like flypaper.
  6. Jan 16, 2013
    36
    Love Sign's belief in the righteousness of its intentionally big, dumb songs being big, dumb and nothing else ultimately sets Free Energy up to fail.
  7. Jan 15, 2013
    55
    Free Energy can put a damn pop hook together--problem is the execution.
  8. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    The follow-up moves the nostalgia dial to that hair-feathering, creepy tank-top-wearing end-of-the-Seventies moment when AOR rock, Cali soft rock, disco and New Wave melted into the same pot of fool's gold.
  9. Jan 15, 2013
    60
    These songs just lack that certain oomph to separate Free Energy from the thousands of groups who have sang about girls before.
  10. Jan 15, 2013
    75
    Love Sign isn't all that different than what shaggy-haired kids were playing at their local live-music clubs circa 1979. The indie-rock buzz is just added perspective.
  11. Jan 15, 2013
    60
    If you can get past that feeling and embrace the polished, shiny surfaces, and satin-jacketed AOR clichés, then Love Sign delivers a pleasing dose of nostalgic, good-time (almost) rock & roll.
  12. Jan 11, 2013
    65
    It's rare that any of these cut reach the ecstatic heights of their 2010 debut, Stuck On Nothing. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.87]
  13. Jan 11, 2013
    80
    While James Murphy's production skills are missing this time, the songs themselves are still strong. [Feb 2013, p.90]
  14. 70
    For a record that never tries to be anything more than a fun rock 'n' roll adventure, Love Sign strolls out unscathed.
  15. Jan 11, 2013
    63
    Love Sign dips a little too far into the Fountains of Wayne kiddie pool.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BKM
    Jan 21, 2013
    7
    Free Energy don't break any new ground with their sophomore album, in fact they settle more comfortably than ever into their comfort zone of big, bright pop rock songs with shiny hooks. Other, more experimental and adventurous groups can take care of the envelope pushing. These rockers are perfectly content churning out music that aims to hit the sweet spot and succeeds magnificently. Full Review »