Velocifero

  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18

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  1. BrandonD
    Jun 6, 2008
    8
    A great follow up Witching Hour. To me it seems like Ladytron does album styles in twos. Can't wait to see what's next.
  2. JustinR
    Jun 3, 2008
    7
    Ladytron still hasn't managed to overcome it's biggest obstacle to producing a great album, which learning how and when to end a song, which they've always been really awful at. They've got a great sound, their dual female vocalist gimmick is pretty sweet, but it would be great if they could hook up with a producer who would tell them to stop right there, don't Ladytron still hasn't managed to overcome it's biggest obstacle to producing a great album, which learning how and when to end a song, which they've always been really awful at. They've got a great sound, their dual female vocalist gimmick is pretty sweet, but it would be great if they could hook up with a producer who would tell them to stop right there, don't repeat that chorus for a 16th time, 15 was more than sufficient... Seriously, can someone help these kids realize their full potential? Expand
  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. 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 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. Expand
  4. 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 mindblowing!
  5. 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 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 strongWith 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. Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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.