AOTY 2019

Running Out of Love

The Radio Dept. - Running Out of Love
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #168 / 763
User Score
Based on 127 ratings
2016 Ratings: #437
October 21, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Labrador / Label
Synthpop, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

MUTE
80
Las ganas que teníamos de material nuevo hacen pensar que el resultado es tan bueno como efímero. El ligero cambio de registro hacia nuevos horizontes sonoros encaja de tal manera que los 3/4 de hora pasan en un suspiro.
Indiefermag
75
El esperado retorno del dúo sueco se ha hecho de rogar más de la cuenta. Las ganas que teníamos de nuevo material suyo hacen pensar que el resultado es tan bueno como efímero. La brevedad de “Running Out Of Love”, en cambio, no juega en su contra, sino que confirma el famoso dicho a base de excelencia sonora: ésa en la que se codean con los reyes del dream-pop, Beach House. Que no tarden tanto en volver.
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.
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.
chessmess
55
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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Decade Lists

#11/Gaffa (Sweden) [2010s]

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
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