- Running Out of Love

The Radio Dept. - Running Out of Love
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Rank: #81 / 722
USER SCORE
71
Based on
103 ratings

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90
The Line of Best Fit

Running Out Of Love isn’t the sound of hectoring; it’s The Radio Dept. getting on with the business of making important records, being one of the most challenging, uncompromising and rewarding bands we have and proving that political music is as vital as ever.

90
Drowned in Sound

There's not yet a band that can evoke the intangible nostalgia that the Radio Dept. do, but at least with this release we can be assured we don't need there to be.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

It is fair to say that Running Out of Love signifies a revolution for the band: their music once sounded hazy and unspecific, as the listener was allowed to gather their own ideals into the songs. Now the picture is clearer.

80
The Skinny

Angry, acquiescent and apathetic all at once, Running Out Of Love is an ideal album for our anxious times.

80
Exclaim!

Even though it's rammed full like a powder keg of discontentment, the opinions expressed on Running Out of Love don't stop it from being the elusive indie pop band's most unified record to date.

80
AllMusic

While their fans who still long for the band's early shoegaze years may not find much to appreciate here, those who are drawn to the band's overriding aesthetic and knack for crafting hooks that last a long time will find Running Out of Love to be a very worthy addition to the Radio Dept. catalog. It may even be their most consistently impressive and overall most cohesive record to date.

80
PopMatters

Hearing the duo’s take on megalithic electronic epics not only makes for a worthy listen, it helps to illuminate other parts of their catalogue and adds nuance to our notion of who the Radio Dept. are and what they can be.

80
musicOMH

That something so beautiful and politically charged can emerge from the embers of conflict can only be a positive thing.

76
Pitchfork

The latest from Swedish indie-pop stalwarts the Radio Dept. is the sound of a band rejecting indie-darling complacency for riskier, more mature territory, and the gamble pays off.

75
Consequence of Sound

Running Out of Love is absolutely true to the duo’s style and their assessment of today’s Sweden.

70
Clash

Rather than risk nestling ever-deeper into their cushy role as purveyors of twee-approved, candied indie-rock, The Radio Dept. have opted for a collection of songs that is as decidedly unapologetic as it is cemented in political sludge.

65
The 405

The result is something benevolent, musically interesting and occasionally provocative, but rather too one-dimensional thematically to overcome its slightness.

Dec 14, 2016
JFulfy
74
May have a bias approach to this album because I have been waiting for another Radio Dept. album in so long. Really disappointed me overall.
Oct 29, 2016*
sunkenanchor
85
A darker, harsher take on their classic sound, but retaining the infectious beauty. This record is a "grower," yes. But I loved it the first time around. Spectacular.
Oct 26, 2016
90
Their best work to date.
Dec 10, 2016
BuffaloStaple
41
I've not heard the previous work from these guys but i hear it's better than this. I found of a lot of these songs to be painfully predictable and boring, the production just sounded awkward for most of the album and the vocals felt totally passionless a lot of the time. Wasn't digging it.
Nov 6, 2016
chessmess
58
It quite frankly sounds like, something that was produced in one of those iPhone beat maker apps. It is just slightly better than the countless of mediocre synthpop records out there.
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 23 - Albumism
# 26 - BrooklynVegan
# 2 - Gaffa (Sweden)
# 22 - God Is In The TV
# 49 - PopMatters
# 9 - The Line of Best Fit
# 17 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 3 - PopMatters (Indie Pop)
Track List
  1. Sloboda Narodu
  2. Swedish Guns
  3. We Got Game
  4. Thieves of State
  5. Occupied
  6. This Thing Was Bound to Happen
  7. Can't Be Guilty
  8. Committed to the Cause
  9. Running out of Love
  10. Teach Me to Forget


Added on: July 27, 2016