• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Oct 7, 2003
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Uncut
    80
    It's like Belle & Sebastian slopping sorbet with early Jonathan Richman. [Feb 2004, p.82]
  2. The Ladybug Transistor's relative lack of instrumental bravado suggests renewed confidence; the group doesn't make an obvious attempt to hook us with atmosphere or instrumental stunts, because the album already has enough going on to keep us listening.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    The sort of glorious record Greenwich Village beatniks would make if they'd been hibernating for 40 years. [Feb 2004, p.102]
  4. The Ladybug Transistor is a return to form for the band and is right up there with its best work. That ranks it right up there as some of the best pop music being made today.
  5. The harmonies and surging melodies feel natural and completely spontaneous, pop as a relaxed outpouring of sound.
  6. Alternative Press
    80
    Deliciously out of touch, Ladybug Transistor are sly, simpering and irresistible. [Nov 2003, p.99]
  7. Mojo
    70
    Delicate without being twee. [Jan 2004, p.98]
  8. Under The Radar
    70
    The LT seems to have traded in woodwinds and synths for slide guitars and organs. And... the changes here feel more academic than a natural progression of where the band might have been headed. [#5, p.106]
  9. There's an undercurrent of darkness on this record-- particularly in Olsen's on-the-verge voice and lyrics-- that ultimately prevents the band from ever wheeling too far out of reach.
  10. Magnet
    70
    A collection of sandblasted songs that redefines its sound and pegs Ladybug as something other than '60s pop purists. [#61, p.101]
  11. 20
    Horrid, mannered late Sixties-styled easy-listening wank.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ThePunt
    Oct 5, 2005
    9
    Glorious catchy pop that makes you want to bop your head like some happy teenagers smoking their first joint...sensational.
  2. KM
    Oct 29, 2003
    5
    This album is 100% okay. Nothing more or less. Perhaps Essex Green, 6th Great Lake, and Ladybug Transistor should have taken the best from This album is 100% okay. Nothing more or less. Perhaps Essex Green, 6th Great Lake, and Ladybug Transistor should have taken the best from each of those inter-related bands and created a masterpiece. But, since that didn't happen, this album comes off as totally average compared to LT's previous efforts. This is not a return to form for the band, just another step in the progression away and down from Albermarle Sound, their arguable peak. Recent efforts from Kingsbury Manx, Belle and Sebastian, even Essex Green are superior records on the pop bent. Full Review »