• Record Label: Mantra
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    Every track on Hate surpasses the high standards set by its predecessor. Go buy it right now.
  2. 100
    A soaring, orchestral pop masterpiece.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Catchy tunes about the darkest of emotions. [14 Feb 2003, p.72]
  4. 'Hate' is gloomy without being self-indulgent, and grand without being pompous.
  5. Loud, large and unrelenting, Hate is stunning, orchestral pop.
  6. Where The Great Eastern was a fairly gentle and tentative record in a lot of ways, this one is bigger and demands your attention. The good news is that it's one of those rare records that actually deserves all of the attention it demands.
  7. Resonance
    Playfully morbid and seriously perverse. [#36, p.49]
  8. The dramatic, melancholy undercurrents of string-driven pop nuggets "The Drowning Years" and "Never Look at the Sun" showcase the Delgados as the smart, cutting-edge descendents of the Carpenters: everything Belle & Sebastian want to be, but are too damn precocious to pull off.
  9. The record is very innocent on the surface, but it’s in the lyrics (again) of Alun Woodward and Emma Pollack that make it cold and dark, even though their vocals seem to make it all sound safe.
  10. Do some of the more standard-issue runs seem a bit labored? They do.... But the emotion buzzing out of these songs keeps a great number of them stunning, like indie-friendly versions of scores from period epics or superhero movies.
  11. It hearkens back to the glory days of rock as theater, when bands weren't afraid to reach, or squeeze.
  12. Spin
    Rougher than Belle and Sebastian and lovelier than Mogwai, the Delgados craft orchestral maneuvers in the dark that leave bruises. [Feb 2003, p.98]
  13. Mojo
    Hate is a record of immense ambition and sophistication, a bold vision, a beautifully calibrated meditation on the messy business of life. [Nov 2002, p.98]
  14. The Great Eastern was successful because at its core, it never forgot to rock. On Hate, the Delgados seem to have forgotten that. At the same time, they've grown as songwriters and at times Hate is worthy of comparisons to the Beatles.
  15. Hate is a beautifully gilded record, thoroughly nice and thoroughly listenable, and a mark higher than a lot of pop music with lofty intentions, but it doesn't move you to extremes.
  16. Q Magazine
    Though the pace is a little too consciously measured at times, and there is a certain sameyness about the arrangements, it's a record that, given time, yields up great rewards. [Nov 2002, p.100]
  17. In effect, the group have carbon-copied the sound of The Great Eastern but neglected to paste-in an equal number of tunes.
  18. Rolling Stone
    These four Scots sound like the depressed cousins of the Flaming Lips. [6 Feb 2003, p.62]
  19. Alternative Press
    Unrewardingly dark. [March 2003, p.90]
  20. Uncut
    The Delgados have made a fine follow-up to 2000's The Great Eastern. Problem is, it's the same album, more or less. [Nov 2002, p.115]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. emiliov
    Sep 3, 2004
    uncut obviously couldn't be bothered to listen to this and Q are just idiots anyway...
  2. JohnB
    Jan 21, 2004
    The delgados combine the most beautiful and sublime music with the darkest and most pessimistic lyrics to make an album full of great songs The delgados combine the most beautiful and sublime music with the darkest and most pessimistic lyrics to make an album full of great songs that will give you a hell of an emotional ride. Full Review »