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 album embodies the highlights of the band's past work, and is imbued with the progressiveness that has made each successive Ladytron release a step above its predecessor.
  2. Filter
    84
    The results is a mix of creep and fabulous dance hits that will neither change the world nor excite you to start any fires. [Spring 2008, p.97]
  3. Ladytron's strength is its sure grasp of Pet Shop Boys-style pop songcraft, which weaves memorable melodies into songs about anxiety-ridden love affairs and the ennui of a Sunday afternoon in a world where God is dead.
  4. Under The Radar
    80
    They have solidified their identity and will from now on be familiar to those who hear a snippet of their tunes. [Spring 2008, p.78]
  5. Kletva sounds tacked on, disrupting the otherwise impressive cohesion of the rest of the album, Thankfully, that slight blip doesn’t derail what is one confident, focused piece of work.
  6. 80
    On this produced-in-Paris gem, they beef up chilly synth-pop tunes with elegantly distorted guitar, German-industrial drum loops and plenty of goth gloom.
  7. This is great music from a fantastic UK band.
  8. Never before has Ladytron sounded so sinister, been so danceable and connected so well with its audience.
  9. Dark yet delectable, Velocifer suits Ladytron just right.
  10. But the failures are the exception, and what's remarkable about Velocifero is how convincing and cohesive it is.
  11. Mojo
    80
    Velocifero is comparable to pop at its best--travelling straight to the brain's pleasure centres but taking a strange tantalising cargo with it. [July 2008, p.110]
  12. Velocifero‘s flaws are mostly minor, stylistic quibbles that could be leveled at any one of Ladytron’s other three albums—namely, that each song could stand to be about thirty seconds shorter (more easily forgiven on the dance floor), and that they have a tendency to repeat the kicker far more often than necessary (same).
  13. The album showcases the band's pop proclivities while preserving the dark, often harsh, atmospherics that makes their sound so distinct.
  14. Even with a somewhat diminished speaker-filling capability and a couple of songs that seem to have less actual energy than they should, Velocifero's subtlety will eventually reward further listens.
  15. 70
    Now far denser than disassociated, this is Ladytron at the group's most masculine.
  16. Velocifero isn't as dramatic a step forward as Ladytron's other albums.
  17. Trimmed of a couple of tracks and with more than a single change of pace offered, the record could have been an excellent one. As it is, Velocifero stands as a fine piece of work that proves there’s a lot of life left in these synthetic machines.
  18. Alternative Press
    70
    Ladytron suddenly sound evey bit as awesomely eclectic as, well, "Softcore Jukebox." [Aug 2008, p.174]
  19. Magnet
    70
    Velocifero is a mere knob's turn toward the excellence the band still seems to be working toward. [Summer 2008, p.107]
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 »