Truelove's Gutter

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sixth album Truelove's Gutter is his best, thanks to easing back on the twanging guitar and ads for his native Sheffield in favour of more universally minded tunes, the finest of which, the 10-minute Remorse Code, edges into ambient territory.
  2. 60
    It's a given that Gutter, like the ex-Pulp sideman's five previous shimmering, sepia-toned solo albums, has moments of heartbreaking beauty. Too bad those moments are outnumbered by a reliance on secondhand lyrical conceits (songbirds, shipwrecks) and drifting arrangements.
  3. Uncut
    60
    Throughout, his mellowness of tone is the album's defining feature. Miraculously, thanks to the minutiae of the arrangements, it's a sound that never becomes one dimensional. [Oct 2009, p.96]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    8
    The follow up to his masterpiece "Coles Corner", True Loves Gutter is as dark and sad sounding as it's title would hint. Unlike the mostlyThe follow up to his masterpiece "Coles Corner", True Loves Gutter is as dark and sad sounding as it's title would hint. Unlike the mostly short and to the point tracks on it's predecessor, the majority of the songs on here are quite long. There's not much to smile about - be warned, this isn't Monday morning music, but it is a beautiful record all the same. Fans of Hawley will appreciate it, newcomers might find Coles Corner an easier introduction. Full Review »
  2. SigmarP
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    His best. His classic.
  3. DavisW.
    Oct 12, 2009
    9
    Absolutely stunning.