The Power Out - Electrelane
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Recalls both early [Philip] Glass and Stereolab, at least until the squaling vocals begin, when it starts to conjure the art brut of punk foremothers like the Raincoats or the Slits. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2004, p.16]
  2. There are gimmicks, but there’s musical merit, and genuine feeling to match the calculated charm.
  3. Music that at once revels in and transcends rock traditions.
  4. The album carries a compelling intensity among the varied and evocative songs.
  5. 80
    An arresting cocktail of post-punk angularity and instinctive pop savy. [Feb 2004, p.102]
  6. 80
    The minimalist grooves grow ever tighter. [Feb 2004, p.71]
  7. But even though the group perfectly defines the way that so many British art-school bands have sounded since the late '70s, in Electrelane's hands it still seems fresh.
  8. Verity Susman's wayward, fragile Nico-lite vocals will either delight you or drive you nuts. [Mar 2003, p.102]
  9. Swapping the winding soundscapes of ‘Rock It To The Moon’ for punchier, vocal-led pieces, Electrelane have struck creative gold.
  10. This is probably destined for the darkest recesses of the John Peel programme, but it deserves the same attention afforded to similar one-offs such as British Sea Power.
  11. 80
    It’s not so much that Electrelane’s signature film score sound has been replaced, more added to and built upon; becoming the veiled framework to a new - almost celebratory - level of contentment.
  12. The Power Out's most impressive feature is the musicianship and songwriting skill on display.
  13. Equally inspired by The Raincoats and Jacques Brel, The Power Out veers from one inspired genre tribute to the next, if it never quite cements the band's identity.
  14. 70
    A heartfelt batch of art-pop that never sounds snobby. [Mar 2004, p.117]
  15. The sheer ambition of it is staggering at times and you can't help feeling that Electrelane are on the right trajectory.
  16. The Power Out may surprise and confuse listeners expecting Rock It redux, and the new album has a few rough patches and a general inconsistency due to Electrelane's willingness to experiment.
  17. The result is a tad muddled, with the valleys unfortunately outnumbering the peaks.
  18. There are occasions when vocal inadequacy can be more emotionally fetching than full-throated virtuosity.... This, however, is not one of them. [#239, p.57]
  19. They've got better stuff in them, we believe, but, meanwhile, 'The Power Out''s strictly a forty watt affair.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Pierre-EmmanuelL
    Feb 17, 2006
    9
    They have a gift for writing cloudy songs and let the listenner dreamily drift in the music
  2. ChisL
    Feb 18, 2005
    7
    A bit of a disappointment only in the fact that its clearly not as good as their debut.
  3. RickK
    Apr 15, 2004
    10
    Best album I've heard this year thus far. Certainly the most ambitious--I can't recall another album with rocking songs sung in 4 Best album I've heard this year thus far. Certainly the most ambitious--I can't recall another album with rocking songs sung in 4 different languages. A classic. Full Review »