Beta Love

Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #940 / 956
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2013 Ratings: #416
January 22, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The result is that Beta Love, while clearly a move away from the precise chamber pop of 2010's Orchard, is still an immediately infectious, harmonically intriguing album that subtly incorporates Zeller's classically trained violin chops into an even more unified band sound.

70
Consequence of Sound

As much as the other guys diversify the sound, nothing crystallizes Ra Ra Riot better than Zeller’s angelic string parts.

60
The Line of Best Fit

The feeling on Beta Love is of a humble indie band transforming into more of an arena-ready indie pop act.

52
Pitchfork

The brasher tracks on Beta Love come across  as cathartic, as though the band is doing a silly dance or yelling obscenities as a necessary release from a stagnant situation.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

For an album that embraces the theme of technology, Beta Love sounds stuck in the past, belonging to an era in which the novelty of overusing the synthesizer has not yet worn off. 

50
Spin

Whether they're impatient for the mass audience of a bigger, louder band like fun. or just suffering a crisis of confidence, the slimmed-down quartet no longer trust their own material on Beta Love.

46
Sputnikmusic

It lacks the heart that made The Orchard such a rewarding listen, and with its tacky electro-pop sound may lead them to becoming more indistinguishable than they might have been accused of being before.

43
A.V. Club

The album is big, busy, and mainstream-friendly—ideal for a marketplace dominated by the likes of Fun., Gotye, Passion Pit, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

40
No Ripcord

While a new direction could have worked out in five-piece’s favor, the change goes too far and the songs can’t back it up.

40
DIY

This is a confused mess of a record, with nonsensical lyrics, trite musical clichés, and not a lot else.

40
Slant Magazine
Here's hoping that, technological singularity aside, Ra Ra Riot will come to realize that the drum machine is never as interesting as its human overlords.
30
Exclaim!

Beta Love goes for broke on the dance floor, but in their hurry to get there, Ra Ra Riot bypass both the head and the heart.

13
Oh gosh, I don't know where to begin. They had something going on their first two albums, and then they scrapped everything that was good about them for their least interesting and least unique quality: the synthesizer. Even if I weren't so betrayed by this change, I still wouldn't like this album. The hooks are annoying, the production and song writing is lazy, and the melodies and instrumentation are nonexistent. None of the songs come close to hitting 4 minutes in length, which I suppose is ... read more
RandyXXX8
47
It could be infinitely better.
snarekickblues
34
Music so inoffensive that it's offensive
daFigz
78
Nothing on this latest Ra Ra Riot release is breathtaking. Instead, I'm soothed by its poppiness regardless of all the castigating nay saying. Albeit, I am inclined to agree with the A.V.Club's observation of 'Beat Love' being "big, busy and mainstream-friendly". Sometimes, it's a pleasant change to have something filling the head that lends itself to the light!
niuz
50
I didn't expect this tremendous fall :(
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Track List

  1. Dance with Me 
  2. Binary Mind 
  3. Beta Love 
  4. Is It Too Much 
  5. For Once 
  6. Angel, Please 
  7. What I Do For U 
  8. When I Dream 
  9. That Much 
  10. Wilderness 
  11. I Shut Off
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Added on: October 31, 2012