Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Just when you figure he's down for the count, he comes back with an album as majestic and epic as this one.
  2. This is the sound of a band returning to their roots, to the dramatic Celtic infused epics of their early records.
  3. 70
    In many ways, My Love is an excessive, ludicrous - no, make that brazen, unapologetic - record; vital because it wasn't born out of a painfully self-conscious view of its maker's place in the world.
  4. In an age when marketing departments rule, Scott has fashioned an album of epic intent that gamely goes its own way.
  5. Blender
    60
    Occasionally overblown... [Aug/Sep 2001, p.132]
  6. This is the recording that the homogenous Dream Harder failed to become. It's ambitious, moody, surreal, and relevant.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    He's forgone the folk-pop and jangly mystical ruminations of his past for heavy synthesizers, overproduced vocals, and esoteric allegories, making for a long, strained trip. [14 Sep 2001, p.94]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. mightyq
    Feb 17, 2007
    9
    The biggest problem for many people when listening to the Waterboys is their own expectations: they want the 'Boys to sound the same The biggest problem for many people when listening to the Waterboys is their own expectations: they want the 'Boys to sound the same from album to album, but Mike Scott isn't interested in repeating himself. Mike pushed all kinds of boundaries - and buttons - with this album, but if you listen to it for itself and not what you thought it would be, it's a very strong album. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned John Lennon: in this album I hear what the Beatles might have done had they stayed together. Full Review »
  2. LudwigS
    Dec 7, 2003
    9
    Fantastic sounds and a lot of emotions
  3. JimC
    Nov 14, 2003
    9
    Mike Scott at his brilliant best