Ruby Red - The Love Language

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 1, 2013
    On first listen, Ruby Red is explosive, raucous, and exciting. Repeated listening reveals different textures, more nuanced emotions, softer tones.
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    McLamb seems to be relishing the chance to get outside of his head, making music that is gorgeous and unashamedly fun.
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    Immersive and claustrophobic, Ruby Red seems designed for solitary listening under headphones. [Aug 2013, p.72]
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    Ruby Red feels like it was built on a foundation of half-formed ideas that spontaneously (and explosively) evolved into fully functioning mini-epics during the recording process, resulting in something akin to a more focused GBV or a less strung-out Spiritualized.
  5. Jul 23, 2013
    Ruby Red is free to sprawl and amble, joyous in its own sense of creative possibility.
  6. Jul 23, 2013
    Like a complex machine, the record has an impressive number of moving parts, but it lacks soul.
  7. Aug 20, 2013
    McLamb's vocals still sometimes fall the wrong side of the impassioned/histrionic divide, but this is a far more coherent album than its predecessor. [Sep 2013, p.104]
  8. 60
    Although punchy, vindictive standouts “First Shot” and “Faithbreaker” do manage to elucidate some tender scar tissue, The Love Language would be wise to look back to their earlier offerings, lest they fall victim to superfluity and excess.
  9. Jul 25, 2013
    For a man standing behind the curtain, McLamb is strangely an impotent ruler and wizard, at least here on Ruby Red.

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