The Psychedelic Furs - Made of Rain
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #364 / 760
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2020 Ratings: #347
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July 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cooking Vinyl / Label
Post-Punk, Art Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Louder Than War

It is almost their ‘Blackstar’… a  contemporary rock album with depth and an emotional pull which few bands can achieve.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Rain’s black-velvet melancholy makes it easy to pretend they never left.

83
Consequence of Sound
Rarely does a classic band come back after so long with this much artistic merit, let alone the ability to recapture the performance quality of their heyday.
80
Uncut
The existential fatigue is never draining – the Furs have always cushioned their art-rock anesthetics with beautiful melodies.
80
Mojo
Those of a certain overcoat are assured a Proustian rush: distorted guitars, windswept austerity and Butler's rasp set to Triple Action Strepsil.
80
Classic Rock

With a cohesive, warm and often melancholy rock drive, the album is blessed with great songs.

80
musicOMH
On their first album in 29 (!) years, The Psychedelic Furs have done the impossible, and made an album that not only matches much of their previous work, but beats it.
80
Q Magazine

Comfortably their finest outing since 1982's Forever Now.

80
Spill Magazine

The Psychedelic Furs haven’t lost any of their bite during their long and self-imposed recording exile, and perhaps with Made of Rain, they quite possibly have reached new heights.

70
American Songwriter
There are enough resilient moments to make this a welcome, if long overdue, addition to the group’s impressive catalog.
70
Pitchfork
The British band’s first new album in 29 years is a rare commodity: a comeback record that’s refreshingly free of nostalgic gestures.
70
AllMusic

It may not be Talk Talk Talk, Pt. 2 or Forever Now again, but it proves the Furs still have plenty of life left in them, and it's always nice to hear Richard Butler's voice no matter what the setting.

60
The Arts Desk

The Furs seem well short of the end of their particular road on the evidence of this album and it’s a fine return for a band that has already left its mark.

60
PopMatters

As if they have poured all the beautiful chaos they could muster into the one brilliant track; the Furs fall back to catch their breath and never really recover. That is not to say the rest of Made of Rain is poor. It's not, and it contains at least one additional near-classic.

60
The Independent

Made of Rain is a welcome return to the Furs’ classic blend of aggression, tender melody and brooding ambience. But it’s darker than they’ve been before.

Doofy
72
Actually the closest I’ve heard anyone get to successfully channeling the spirit of latter career Bowie into the one album.

As comebacks go it’s solid if not quite spectacular.
PietroG
80
The comeback (or "new road") that I was expecting
wless
92
i love the psychedelic furs, and until now, forever now has been my favorite album of theirs. their return, though? fuckin amazing. wholly consistent and it really places me right in the 1980s. "ash wednesday," "come all ye faithful," "hide the medicine," gosh.,..,
usedtobe
80
A classic band making a comeback is always welcome and this new record from the English rockers has its refreshing take on the retro rock they were known for. It has its dense, dramatic quality with great sonding instrumentation and production with a few tracks that could prove to be underwhelming but it doesn't stop it to be better, as the tracklist moves along a dynamic pace. This is isolation rock at its best.
NTTR
64
The Psychedelic Furs - Made of Rain

Genre: Post Punk
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 64% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 229th / 682

Highlight: Tiny Hands

Made me think of:
Echo and the Bunnymen
Talking Heads
Joy Division
The Cure
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#39/Uncut
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Track List

  1. The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll
  2. Don't Believe
  3. You'll Be Mine
  4. Wrong Train
  5. This'll Never Be Like Love
  6. Ash Wednesday
  7. Come All Ye Faithful
  8. No-One
  9. Tiny Hands
  10. Hide the Medicine
  11. Turn Your Back on Me
  12. Stars
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Added on: February 15, 2020