• 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. 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.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 17 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 »