She Paints Words in Red - The House of Love
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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    80
    House of Love are comfortable in their skin without being complacent, sounding happy, even grateful, to be writing and playing again, winding up with a record that stands alongside their '80s and '90s work quite nicely.
  2. Apr 24, 2013
    60
    House of Love offers an album that will likely satisfy whatever quiet hopes its fans have kept safe for the band.
  3. Apr 8, 2013
    80
    Humility and sobriety suits a band who have never sounded more fresh and alive. [May 2013, p.73]
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    60
    There might not be any hits, but it's still a convincing chapter few would have predicted. [May 2013, p.102]
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    60
    It captures their two sides--songs are either rousing with crashing guitars, swirling atmospheres and arresting climaxes or empyrean, indie introspective ballads. [May 2013, p.88]
  6. The jangle and thrash of Terry Bickers’ guitar and the wistful air of it all could come straight from their self-titled 1988 debut.
  7. Apr 8, 2013
    70
    It makes for a palliative record, to put on loop after an hour of Top 40.
  8. Apr 8, 2013
    60
    It's hard not to feel a nostalgic pang for their youth. You glimpse it in the chugging riff of A Baby Got Back on Its Feet and in the needling notes of Low Black Clouds, but only PKR maintains the tension.
  9. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    She Paints Words In Red turns out to be the Camberwell crew’s finest--and most consistent--platter since 1990’s Fontana album.

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