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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the psych-rock band led by Ruben Nielson includes contributions from his brother Cody and his father Chris.
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  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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Multi-Love
Multi-Love Checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room Who is your God? Where is she? She wants bury me in Austin under Uchiko. She don't... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 90
    Nielson and Unknown Mortal Orchestra have created a genuinely psychedelic pop gem in the sense that it has virtually zero on in common with what psych-pop is supposed to sound like. What's more, the results are easily infectious enough for us to join them without hesitation on this richly rewarding ride into the unknown.
  2. May 26, 2015
    86
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra can now sit back and smile at the fact they’ve written an album which could just as easily be this year’s Channel Orange as it could be its Lonerism.
  3. 83
    Once a few months pass and the buzz has died down, this will no longer be a groundbreaking album about the complexities of modern relationships. It will just be another very good album.
  4. May 21, 2015
    80
    Ruban Nielson might have tangled his emotions beyond repair during the making of his band’s third album, but you can’t deny the subject matter is compelling.
  5. May 26, 2015
    80
    Multi-Love is a squelchy, seductive update of UMO’s nagging groove, now with added whoa-factor.
  6. Jul 24, 2015
    70
    Just as in his personal life, Multi-Love sees Nielson coloring outside the lines for a vibrant vision of connection.
  7. Oct 2, 2015
    40
    Top-loaded with mildly engaging songs drawn out past the point of intrigue, Multi-Love sorely misses the psychedelic fancy that informed its predecessors.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jul 25, 2015
    10
    With all due respect to Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens, I think this is the best album of the year! Once in a while an album comes alongWith all due respect to Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens, I think this is the best album of the year! Once in a while an album comes along that is fairly well regarded by critics, that actually blows me away. This is that album for me. Title track is great but so are 7 of the 9 songs. "Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty" and "Necessary Evil" are my favorite right now but it changes often. The cornerstone of any great album I would say..... Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2015
    9
    To say the least, Multi-Love is a colorful, eccentric album with crafted quirky production awesome hooks and melodies. Where the album reachesTo say the least, Multi-Love is a colorful, eccentric album with crafted quirky production awesome hooks and melodies. Where the album reaches lo-fi notes, it reaches them deliberately and they blend in nicely with the quirkiness of the track. My personal favorite track of the album is "Can't Keep Checking my Phone" where Ruben's creative and rather nostalgic style is artfully blended into a catchy track without stepping into the realm of meaningless obscurity. The title track "Multi-Love "also comes through with strong, yet fitting stylistic changes along with punchy and colorful instrumentation. The low point in the album from me is "Stage or Screen" in which Ruben steps away from this vibrant production and moves back into obscurity plagued with exaggerated lo-fi.
    Overall, however, UMO pulls through with a nostalgic, vivacious record proving that the band has indeed come a long way.

    This is my first review.
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  3. Feb 16, 2017
    9
    The funkiest a pop-driven psychedelia album can get. All songs range from somewhat funky to pure dance floor bliss but always keeping the mildThe funkiest a pop-driven psychedelia album can get. All songs range from somewhat funky to pure dance floor bliss but always keeping the mild experimental and psychedelic edge.
    Some melodies reappear throughout the album, at times more pop and mellow, at times more upbeat and straight-psychedelic. But there are no fillers in this pop-rock-psychedelic masterpiece, which is probably the most underrated album of 2015.
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  4. Jul 10, 2015
    8
    Really confident, catchy and diverse project from these guys. Loving the atmosphere, very direct and convincing. 'The World Is Crowded',Really confident, catchy and diverse project from these guys. Loving the atmosphere, very direct and convincing. 'The World Is Crowded', 'Necessary Evil', and 'Like Acid Rain' are highlights for me Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2015
    8
    Excellent album. I have only just discovering this band and am finding them a great complement to other psych-pop bands like Hiatus KaiyoteExcellent album. I have only just discovering this band and am finding them a great complement to other psych-pop bands like Hiatus Kaiyote and Tame Impala. This album in particular reminds me a lot of Metronomy's excellent "Love Letters." Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2015
    8
    Multi-Love is an absolute blast of psych pop and rock melodies, combining the two in a way that pushes the envelope both compositionally andMulti-Love is an absolute blast of psych pop and rock melodies, combining the two in a way that pushes the envelope both compositionally and sonically. The production here is extremely dense, hiding instrumentation between layers of sound - this was off-putting at first, but on repeated listens I began to appreciate the subtleties and details even more for it. There are a couple songs on the track list that are not quite as strong as others, and on an album with so few tracks this is a problem, but it does not prevent Multi-Love from being a great album. Definitely recommended. Expand
  7. Jun 24, 2015
    2
    On the whole, multi love feels bland, smug, badly recorded (even if the rough sound is deliberate) and generally not much fun considering theOn the whole, multi love feels bland, smug, badly recorded (even if the rough sound is deliberate) and generally not much fun considering the single was fairly catchy, Expand