Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    The result is aural perfection. [Feb 2003, p.68]
  2. 100
    This is true cosmic American music and possibly the best thing all concerned have ever done.
  3. This is the natural and logical epiphany of three musicians who have been getting to know one another for some time. It's also a damn good album.
  4. Uncut
    80
    The group allows O'Rourke to indulge his songwriter instincts and Tweedy to exert an often-suppressed experimental imperative. [Feb 2003, p.82]
  5. Challenging, arresting and moving in equal measures.
  6. Tweedy, O'Rourke and Kotche push each other in exciting directions, with songs building on the contributions of each.
  7. Q Magazine
    80
    In its own fragile way, a delight. [Mar 2003, p.111]
  8. Six extended entanglements that capture the spirit of willful experimentation and magnetic pull of melody.
  9. The Wilco record [YHF] sports superior songcraft, but Loose Fur is more relaxed and more overtly exploratory: With less pressure to get somewhere specific, the musicians travel farther afield, and encounter more striking scenery.
  10. While the record is surely Tweedy’s most experimental to date, it’s also, amazingly enough, his most lighthearted. In the end, this is both the gift and curse of Loose Fur, in band and album form.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Anthemic minus guitar heroism, psychedelic without melting walls, modestly pretentious, it's art rock in overalls. [7 Feb 2003, p.82]
  12. Fans of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot will no doubt find Loose Fur an indispensable companion piece, as much of the music found here occupies roughly the same static-frosted moonscape as "Radio Cure".
  13. Without a doubt there are quite a few moments on Loose Fur to enthrall diehard fans of anyone involved. And yet, when all is said and done, I’m still wanting more, wondering what else they could have done.
  14. Blender
    70
    Loose Fur is fun, even if it is exactly the sum of its parts. [#14, p.139]
  15. Spin
    70
    O'Rourke mostly contributes electro-folk noodling for a laptop-friendly coffeehouse, but Tweedy's tunes are glum gold. [Jan 2003, p.98]
  16. Mojo
    70
    Occasionally meanders into lift muzak for people who only ever travel in really cool lifts. [Mar 2003, p.103]
  17. While there's undoubtedly a wealth of ideas to be found here, listenability is the real wildcard.
  18. The album's laid-back, off-the-cuff experiments are just enjoyable instead of brilliant, but they nevertheless display the undeniable creative chemistry that the trio shares.
  19. The Wire
    60
    A pleasant if somewhat plain folk-rock record, less adventurous than either Wilco's or O'Rourke's own recent outings. [#227, p.68]
  20. Overall, Loose Fur is kinda interesting, especially as a historical document, but it's not much more than that.
  21. Sounds a bit like a stripped-down version of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. dans
    Oct 16, 2003
    9
    Who is this SC Master slash loser? This album is beautiful period Lush, simple yet dense, full of beautiful moments. The only reason you Who is this SC Master slash loser? This album is beautiful period Lush, simple yet dense, full of beautiful moments. The only reason you could not agree is if you had bad taste, or your head up your ass as you were listening to it. Peace Full Review »
  2. hotdiggetydog
    Mar 19, 2003
    9
    Yes, good. Loose but good. Random noises coalesce into the catchiest of melodies.
  3. SCMaster
    Feb 13, 2003
    0
    This is the type of thing that convinces you that these reviews, at least the ones by the 'professionals', can't be taken This is the type of thing that convinces you that these reviews, at least the ones by the 'professionals', can't be taken seriously. They are too wrapped up in trying to prove how hip they are to be able to discern talent or the lack thereof. They equate obscure with deserving of merit, failing to realize a good deal of obscure music is obscure for a reason. I mean, listen to this thing. It's sophomoric at best, self-infatuated meaningless and meandering noodling. And this gets scores in the 70's???!! Truly awful. Full Review »