Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Like Tindersticks without the strings, and with a better sense of vocal clarity, L'Altra is the kind of band whose releases would be best sold with some cheap red wine and a carton of cigarettes for those long, lonely nights in.
  2. An undeniably pleasant and ultimately rewarding, if not immediately accessible, listen.
  3. A pleasant, atmospheric diversion.
  4. Alternative Press
    Slow and achingly graceful, L'Altra's mellow moods are welcome any time of day. [Jul 2002, p.76]
  5. Magnet
    If only [L'Altra] would wipe away the polish, stop being yet another tender pop band and let its melodies be springboards for exploration instead of straightjackets. [#54, p.94]
  6. The Wire
    The moments of beauty caught fleetingly in the gaps between over-arranged blocks make for frustrated listening. [#218, p.64]
  7. Q Magazine
    Taken as a whole, it's liable to become soporific, but individual tracks are near perfect essays in understated melancholy. [May 2002, p.117]
User Score

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. olivierp
    Feb 18, 2005
    Incredible and wonderful album Both intimate and ethereal, nearly unreal
  2. [Anonymous]
    Nov 16, 2002
    It is fucking great!