- I Love You, It's Cool

Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Rank: #473 / 885
USER SCORE
76
Based on
26 ratings

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85
The 405

They’re no longer a band trying on a sound for size, they’ve established their sound and they’re finally making records that seem like the cohesive product of one mindset

83
Pretty Much Amazing
This album indeed demands a very large space, and any hallucinogen of your choosing.
80
Under The Radar

It's subtle moments like these that illustrate just how far Bear in Heaven have progressed as songwriters, and I Love You, It's Cool is an album rife with them.

80
Paste

It’s Cool feels glossier, smoothing the mechanical krautrock edges with polished prog-rock, the results of which are more accessible than its previous work. 

77
Beats Per Minute

It’s unabashedly fun, even when it’s melancholy, and it’s particularly rewarding when it reaches its blown-out M83 moments, inciting some hand-to-God fist pumps. 

75
Pitchfork

I Love You, It's Cool is admirable in large part because its ambitions are every bit as subtle and difficult to quantify as its pleasures

70
Consequence of Sound

Despite the overwhelming similarities between each album track, the bubble they’ve limited themselves to works exceedingly well. 

70
PopMatters

When Bear in Heaven’s desire for duality—the confluence of ambience and pop—succeeds, it does so brilliantly. Ironically, it only manages these heights half the time.

70
Spin
Weird waves of Johnny Hates Jazz/When In Rome lost-in-the-supermarket pop, saved by brawny drums.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes

To be sure, the changes wrought on I Love You, It’s Cool — lyrical, thematic, tempo, and production-wise — are nothing too major, but the songs are nonetheless better served by them, as are the band’s unique quirks, which have fortunately not been lost in the transition.

60
musicOMH

That’s part of the problem with Bear In Heaven’s third LP - they just don’t take enough risks. 

60
No Ripcord

The key unpardonable offense is that only a couple of the tracks really resonate, even with repeated spins.

60
AllMusic

I Love You, It's Cool is a steamrolling album, and with that hyper-vivid flow of stimuli, songs become samey and disengaging after a while.

50
A.V. Club

The overindulgence comes off as an indistinguishable wall of sound and, even worse, as a terrific bore.

40
The Skinny
The band's third longplayer continues the trend of churning out glacial and bland compositions set by its predecessors.
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Added on: December 12, 2011