With Love

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    50
    With Love is by no means a terrible album, but the bar that Dedication set was in no way reached. It’s worth giving a listen, but be prepared to edit it into a condensed and sensical format.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 10, 2013
    60
    With Love's blackout material is thinly stretched, allowing light to shine in on a skeletal basement stock of dubstep sketches and flat house beats that repeatedly loop out to abrupt endings, halting Zomby's greater narrative ambitions. [Aug 2013, p.92]
  3. 60
    What could be mistaken for something approaching a masterpiece reveals itself as far more hollow.
  4. Sep 11, 2013
    40
    You just don’t get a sense of the depth and variety of the history Zomby is trying to encapsulate. Also, much of With Love‘s second half is made up of loping, rather dull dub and dubstep.
  5. Jun 19, 2013
    60
    Aside from its sheer heft, though, it's hard to imagine it converting anyone who doesn't already care.
  6. Jul 11, 2013
    60
    While With Love is an ambitious and entertainingly composed undertaking, offering glimpses into Zomby’s varied inspirations, it can still be frustratingly piecemeal and somewhat self-indulgent.
  7. Jun 18, 2013
    60
    With Love’s desire to obscure any traces of the artistic hand that made it is both its most compelling trait and what ultimately prevents it from ascending to the aesthetic nirvana it imagines.
  8. Uncut
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    The execution is consistently weak. [Aug 2013, p.79]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    9
    Zomby has long been one of the most eclectic and buzzed-about producers coming out of the UK, with productions ranging from rave-y acid houseZomby has long been one of the most eclectic and buzzed-about producers coming out of the UK, with productions ranging from rave-y acid house to mournful post-dubstep, and on this 33-track double album he veers wildly from genre to genre in a thrilling showcase of his talents. Time-wise, this album could fit on one disc, but the dichotomy allows for a study in contrasts, his supreme skills in balance and sequencing. One of the year's finest. Full Review »