AOTY 2017
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #86 / 742
Year End Rank: #27
User Score
Based on 323 ratings
2015 Ratings: #67
Your Review


Here, Nielson strides away from the woozy Beefheart-indebted psychedelia of ‘II’ and its self-titled 2011 predecessor, and vividly expands every single aspect of the UMO sound.
The Line of Best Fit

The fact that Multi-Love presents a huge creative leap forward helps to deal with the shock of the new.


Multi-Love finds Unknown Mortal Orchestra surging ahead of their fellow psych-pop voyagers, abandoning the hazy introversion of previous albums for frisky, rainbow-coloured optimism.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra can now sit back and smile at the fact they’ve written an album which could just as easily be this year’s Channel Orange as it could be its Lonerism. But then again, what makes it even better is how it’s still so distinctively UMO’s that it really can only be 2015’s Multi-Love.

Under The Radar
Ruben Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned meticulously, mad-scientist style, with an army of synthesizers patched together and deployed deep in the off-hours.
The 405

Multi-Love is chock full of weighty grooves and skilful funk all cast under the same purple-orange lava lamp palette as the album's cover.

Consequence of Sound
By deconstructing traditional geometries of desire, they’ve made their most fully realized album yet.
Pretty Much Amazing

Immediately, Multi-Love introduces its polyamorous priorities in multiple senses, equally emphasizing real-life interpersonal relationships as Nielson's many-tendriled affection for multi-instrumentation and electronic layering.


2015 is definitely shaping up to be the year of the groove in rock music, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's most recent effort, Multi-Love, is helping head up the charge.

Yes, he’s going gung-ho with studio wizardry, trying techniques he’s previously avoided. But with every move, he’s trying to take convention into outer space.
Loud and Quiet
‘Multi-Love’ shuns themes of misery and isolation in favour of the bittersweet nature of togetherness, while embracing the rich strain of funk and R&B that has always simmered beneath UMO’s work.
While his latest album is obviously rooted in Nielson’s present, it still brims with the same introspective nostalgia that comes with dusting off those old memories, and old records.
Whilst a number of these tracks draw on sonic elements from the past, the writing and production retains an individuality and distinction.
The Guardian
The songs nod to the 1960s (Like Acid Rain), 70s (The World Is Crowded) and 80s (Can’t Keep Checking My Phone), but always feel fresh – a giddy, psychedelic sound almost as unique as the subject matter.
No Ripcord
Though Nielson’s penchant for psychpop and might be the defining feature of the band, Nielson’s LSD-inspired musings burrow themselves a comfortable niche of their own throughout the album.

We have arrived at a notable highpoint for both Nielson and the rest of the Orchestra. Multi-Love marks their best LP yet.

This is Nielson's most accomplished album, though it's not his most direct, or brash, or explosive.
Drowned in Sound

What Multi-Love lacks in immediacy it mostly makes up for in aesthetic.


Multi-Love is still an impressive stretch that shows Neilson successfully moving away from the sound that made him strangely popular without losing much of the adventurous spirit that informed it.

Rolling Stone

Just as in his personal life, Multi-Love sees Nielson coloring outside the lines for a vibrant vision of connection.

'Multi-Love' undoubtedly reveals Unknown Mortal Orchestra's willingness to reinvent and innovate, yet it's still beset by some of the difficulties that have featured in their previous work.
A group with this much creative drive is bound to have some missteps, and if this is a misstep for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, then there’s nothing wrong with that.
Apr 20, 2015
UMO come through with their most memorable album yet and go for a more soul/disco influenced sound. They still keep that quirky, vintage approach to the songs, but there's a whole lot of more flavour now. It's grown on me a lot and now I can easily say that this is definitely their best album to date. This is some great, white boy funk.

Favourite tracks: Multi-Love, Can't Keep Checking My Phone, Puzzles
May 28, 2015
Ruben Nielson has kept UMO music simple, yet perfectly layered to make each listen a whole new experience. Not as rooted in 60's and 70's psychedelic rock as his first two albums were, Nielson maintains his unique sound, but has more influence from 80's progressive rock and dance music. Somehow, he transitioned seamlessly and the result is a very fun and inventive album. Unfortunately it does not measure up to the first two albums.
May 22, 2015
A lo largo de su carrera, Unknown Mortal Orchestra mostraba grandes muestras de lo-fi, con pegadizos riffs y sencillos estribillos, lo que logró una distintiva marca entre las bandas indie del momento, dejándola como punto de referencia para muchos, pero, si bien la popularidad de esta banda crecía a altos niveles, estos mismo presentaban un problema, el cual era que, sus materiales completos, flaqueaban y quedaban un tanto olvidables, siempre se sentía esa ... read more
Dec 29, 2016
Strength of songs varies.
Dec 4, 2016
Fav Tracks: Ur Life One Night, Puzzles, Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
Track List
  1. Multi-Love 
  2. Like Acid Rain
  3. Ur Life One Night
  4. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
  5. Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
  6. The World Is Crowded
  7. Stage or Screen
  8. Necessary Evil
  9. Puzzles
Contributions By
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Added on: February 5, 2015