Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The Wire
    80
    Superficially, Lovage is a continuation of the Handsome Boy Modeling School aesthetic that collides HipHop, rock and electronica into an ironic hipster epic. [#213, p. 59]
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    Coy, genail and funny... a potent antidote to the usual chill-out porridge. [#184, p.140]
  3. Terrific baby-making music for the irony-inclined.
  4. Those of you who choose to get in on the ground floor of this superlative venture they call Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By will not be disappointed.
  5. Spin
    70
    Lovage's schtick wears pretty thin by album's end--but if it works like it's supposed to, you won't need to play it that long. [Feb 2002, p.108]
  6. 70
    Only time will tell whether it's a cheeky classic or a momentary novelty.
  7. While Nakamura is quite possibly one of the most accomplished beat processors in the realm of art hip-hop/electronica, his strict-composer approach on this project is occasionally inaccessible and at times unlistenable.
  8. As an EP, the premise of Lovage would flourish.
  9. Blender
    60
    Works both as satire and actual make-out fare. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.113]
  10. Vibe
    50
    Lovage only works some of the time--the record's sense of humor often trumps its music. [Feb 2002, p.123]
  11. My biggest gripe about Lovage is that it finds a number of clearly talented artists constructing the same song continually without variation.
  12. Not even the added muscle of playaz like Kid Koala, Afrika Bambaataa, Plug 3, Prince Paul and Mike Patton manage to lift this album above the low level pastiche it seems happy to be.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    A lot of cool smooth sampling from the 60's 70's that transform good songs into a great classic album. I give 10 for less than 1 out of 100A lot of cool smooth sampling from the 60's 70's that transform good songs into a great classic album. I give 10 for less than 1 out of 100 records that I own. Nothing else from Nakamura or Patton come close to this IMO.

    The only other "sampling" album that I give at 10 is The Avalanches "Since I left You"
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  2. TurkRocks
    Nov 15, 2006
    10
    Well HELLO THERE! This is an album I have not heard of until tonight. Wow! Nice work again! Never seem to stop astounding me! Gorillaz - Well HELLO THERE! This is an album I have not heard of until tonight. Wow! Nice work again! Never seem to stop astounding me! Gorillaz - Original, beautiful, wonderful Full Review »
  3. KeithW
    Dec 5, 2005
    10
    The only down side to the album are the three skit like tracks. The instrumentation is excellent and the vocals are suppurb.