With Love - Zomby
  • Band Name: Zomby
  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jun 17, 2013
    90
    At a time when many electronic albums sound more like mixed sets than collections of songs, this expansive double album is all the more impressive, with its 33 abruptly separated songs holding the listener captive within Zomby’s edgy world for well over an hour.... It’s unnervingly beautiful.
  2. Jun 17, 2013
    90
    Whether dealing out breakbeat punishments like "777," wriggling dubstep like "Ascension," or mystical funk like "Isis," he sounds like no one else, simultaneously street and chic, enticing and elusive.
  3. With Love is the most focused and refined release from Zomby yet, which is quite the feat considering it's a double album.
  4. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    Even many of his prettiest, most delicate tracks are grounded in thumping bass. As a result, it's a more satisfying listen than Shlohmo's or Nosaj Thing's albums.
  5. 80
    This beautiful mess of splatter-painted hi hats, creaking kick drums, and swooning synth patterns, as confusing as it may be, is something to behold.
  6. 80
    There are plenty of small discoveries to be found within each of With Love‘s intricate sound trips, but there is enough mystery and intrigue injected into each textured layer to keep you wanting to find new ways to get lost.
  7. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    A truly stylish but somewhat overly long affair.
  8. Jun 19, 2013
    80
    The results are like a retrospective charting 25 years of innovation in UK club music.
  9. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Hopping from house nods to drum-and-bass winks and into spells of bottomlessly deep garage and bass, With Love isn’t so much a trip down memory lane. It’s more like a really wild shortcut.
  10. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    Rarely longer than three minutes, Zomby tracks don't make much sense in isolation but the cumulative effect over 80 minutes is moving in ways that are hard to explain. [Jul 2013, p.113]
  11. 80
    It's always an after-hours, nocturnal experience.
  12. Jun 19, 2013
    79
    With Love is like a pocket book of poetry, a series of short thoughts only tangentially related. Zomby is the elegant menace, capable of beauty and great affect but too stoned or disinterested to fully commit.
  13. Jul 17, 2013
    70
    As a 33-track double album, With Love has space for a small village's worth of memory lanes. [No. 100, p.61]
  14. Jul 1, 2013
    70
    Between the two, disc 1 is more memorable than its counterpart, but together they still form a fascinating insight into one of the foremost production talents operating on our shores today.
  15. Jun 27, 2013
    70
    All the tracks are suggestively clipped and short, like urgent jottings in a diary still in a state of being written.
  16. Jun 21, 2013
    70
    With Love is a flawed collection that is on a par with Zomby’s previous work but one that is minted in the producer’s unique persona.
  17. Jun 20, 2013
    70
    If someone compiles their favourite 12 tracks from it, they may well have their album of the year, but in its current state With Love is pretty far from a classic.
  18. Jun 18, 2013
    70
    For an artist so intent on self-mythologizing--with his grand pronouncements, rare interviews and mask-wearing anonymity--With Love feels like a surprisingly comprehensive piece of work. But it's still a rambling outpouring of quick-fire songs.
  19. Jun 17, 2013
    70
    As with his previous output, regardless of the myriad influences in effect, you never once have any doubts you are listening to a Zomby record.
  20. Jul 11, 2013
    60
    While With Love is an ambitious and entertainingly composed undertaking, offering glimpses into Zomby’s varied inspirations, it can still be frustratingly piecemeal and somewhat self-indulgent.
  21. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    With Love's blackout material is thinly stretched, allowing light to shine in on a skeletal basement stock of dubstep sketches and flat house beats that repeatedly loop out to abrupt endings, halting Zomby's greater narrative ambitions. [Aug 2013, p.92]
  22. Jun 19, 2013
    60
    Aside from its sheer heft, though, it's hard to imagine it converting anyone who doesn't already care.
  23. Jun 18, 2013
    60
    With Love’s desire to obscure any traces of the artistic hand that made it is both its most compelling trait and what ultimately prevents it from ascending to the aesthetic nirvana it imagines.
  24. 60
    What could be mistaken for something approaching a masterpiece reveals itself as far more hollow.
  25. Jun 21, 2013
    50
    With Love is by no means a terrible album, but the bar that Dedication set was in no way reached. It’s worth giving a listen, but be prepared to edit it into a condensed and sensical format.
  26. Sep 11, 2013
    40
    You just don’t get a sense of the depth and variety of the history Zomby is trying to encapsulate. Also, much of With Love‘s second half is made up of loping, rather dull dub and dubstep.
  27. Jul 10, 2013
    40
    The execution is consistently weak. [Aug 2013, p.79]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    9
    Zomby has long been one of the most eclectic and buzzed-about producers coming out of the UK, with productions ranging from rave-y acid house to mournful post-dubstep, and on this 33-track double album he veers wildly from genre to genre in a thrilling showcase of his talents. Time-wise, this album could fit on one disc, but the dichotomy allows for a study in contrasts, his supreme skills in balance and sequencing. One of the year's finest. Full Review »