Lydia Loveless - Real
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #159 / 758
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2016 Ratings: #170
August 19, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Real is more adventurous and possesses far more depth than any of Loveless’ releases to date.

80
Slant Magazine

Even with the improved production values and greater musical eclecticism, Real is still fittingly unadulterated.

80
NOW Magazine

Loveless's more complex, blistering and sometimes slick rock record highlights the impressive evolution of her songwriting chops.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Bringing bouts of surf twang, no-wave tangles, and chopped-up power chords, the record blurs boundaries of genre, its eighth notes alternately swung and then made straight again.

80
Exclaim!

Despite her rollicking country rock, all Loveless needs is her flickering, torchy voice and a few steadily strummed chords to convey her hard fistfuls of truth.

80
PopMatters

She never bends or clouds her feelings in a barrage of words. Lyrical economy and an air of emotional realism work best in her regard.

80
AllMusic

At her best, she's quite simply as good and as brave a singer and songwriter as anyone working today, and Real finds her at the top of her game.

60
American Songwriter

Melodies take longer to reveal themselves and choruses don’t have the natural hooks Loveless has crafted before. Which just means you’ll need to spend additional time exploring the songs, mulling them over, absorbing the lyrics and letting their more elusive charms sink in.

71
Alt-country isn't really an accurate characterization for this album; it's more pop-rock or power pop, and while Loveless has always had a rock edge to her music, those looking for any sort of acoustic country are going to be disappointed. While the more expansive sound can be a little bit generic, Loveless's voice is as powerful as it's ever been, and at its best the songwriting is engaging and inspired.
jdaniels2310
85
I'm gonna guess the lower scored reviews are from people that like their artists to stay on one path and not evolve their sound. I personally would rather have the artist stay true to themselves and not pander to what their fans think they want them to be. Play from your heart, stay authentic.
JohnLouisHoward
40
from edgy to pedestrian in two records. sheesh.
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Track List

  1. Same to You
  2. Longer
  3. More Than Ever
  4. Heaven
  5. Out on Love
  6. Midwestern Guys
  7. Bilbao
  8. European
  9. Clumps
  10. Real
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