Velocifero

  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. The softness of Helen Marnie's voice against the rocky, stark landscape of Velocifero gives Ladytron its edge (something that doesn't work as well with the two tracks sung by Miro Aroyo in her Bulgarian tongue), but overall, it's never really enough.
  2. So, while highlights such as Ghosts' glam-rock gallop or Tomorrow's saturnine dream-pop make gripping use of frowny minor chords, slab-like synths and frostbitten vocals, the relentless severity becomes a tad oppressive.
  3. Uncut
    60
    It's perhaps inevitable Ladytron sound as if they're going through the motion on this solid fourth album. [July 2008, p.102]
  4. Both are on point throughout, making Velocifero a solid album, maybe too solid. I wish they’d crack the mould a little.
  5. 50
    Velocifero's grinding soundscapes (honed in part by Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails) are easy to admire.... Too bad there's rarely much of anything going on below the surface.
  6. Q Magazine
    40
    They are still capable of arrestingly brilliant pop songs, but, judged against past achievements, Velocifero is a step backwards. [July 2008, p.102]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 3, 2014
    8
    With this fourth album, Ladytron does not surprise anymore, but, backed by and affirmed style in the course of the years, proposes today aWith this fourth album, Ladytron does not surprise anymore, but, backed by and affirmed style in the course of the years, proposes today a astounding summary of this style. The fans from the outset will perhaps be disappointed, reproaching the group for repeating himself, others will certainly find their pleasure...if only they like Gothic and synthetic monotonous chants, with a strong "eighties accent". The climate can be cold with a big sound and a martial rhythm, but the atmosphere is really captivating. Especially when Mira Aroyo sings in Bulgarian, like in the oppressing but hypnotic song "Black Cat". Ladytron preserves the troubling fragrance that makes his charm. Full Review »
  2. VernardA
    Jun 19, 2008
    10
    Brilliant. Ladytron is one of the greatest acts of the 21st century so far. This album is stunning. IMO the song "the Lovers" is absolutely Brilliant. Ladytron is one of the greatest acts of the 21st century so far. This album is stunning. IMO the song "the Lovers" is absolutely mindblowing! Full Review »
  3. JamesB.
    Jun 10, 2008
    7
    I had a feeling it would be difficult to top (or even equal) their masterpiece, "Witching Hour", and Ladytron's latest confirms this. I had a feeling it would be difficult to top (or even equal) their masterpiece, "Witching Hour", and Ladytron's latest confirms this. That's not to say that I think "Velocifero" is a bad album. That's hardly the case; only that it's not nearly as consistently good as its sublime predecessor. The usually, emotionally reticent, Liverpudlians came out of their "shell" (so to speak) on "Witching Hour", resulting in some of the best hook-laden Electronica/ Electro-clash/pop/etc I've ever heard, with nary a clunker in the bunch. However, with their latest, they seemed to have reverted back to a relatively cool (both temperature and attitude wise) stance, resulting in a loss of, I feel, forward momentum, artistically speaking (considering what came before it). Nearly half of "Velocifero" is great: "Versus" (the album's BEST track), "Ghosts", "I'm Not Scared", "Deep Blue" (icy, yes, but Mira's sexy delivery saves it), and "Kletva" (despite it sticking out incongruously) are my favourite tracks. The rest is decent-to-plain-weak. Just because it's more propulsive, energetic and dance-inducing (which, I understand has pleased fans of their earlier material) doesn't necessarily make for a "great album". However, "Velocifero" IS good enough to rate a 7. Full Review »