The Love Language - Ruby Red
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2013 Ratings: #699 / 955
User Score
Based on 5 ratings
July 23, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Pitchfork

This album’s recording process was the complete antithesis of McLamb’s previous efforts, and the collaborative spirit has led to a record of relaxed confidence.

75
Under The Radar

On first listen, Ruby Red is explosive, raucous, and exciting. Repeated listening reveals different textures, more nuanced emotions, softer tones. 

70
AllMusic

Not content to cater only to the nosebleed section, McLamb and company fill the rest of Ruby Red with the kind of quirky, gossamer pop that should appeal to Merge loyalists

67
A.V. Club

A diverse set of ambitious rock compositions, Ruby Red liberally accesses its loaded instrumental arsenal and pays meticulous attention to structure, thereby weighing down and reining in McLamb’s normally breezy melodies.

67
Paste

Absent of the need to serve such a singular purpose for McLamb, Ruby Red is free to sprawl and amble, joyous in its own sense of creative possibility.

60
Consequence of Sound

Libraries had The Love Language advancing from scratchy lo-fi to a deft and manicured sound. But Ruby Red goes too far, abandoning raw verve for a wall of sound that’s somehow both hollow and stifling.

50
PopMatters

It seems worked over and worked over again to a point of fine craftsmanship. However, it is so refined to an extent that the vocals seemed buried and the hooks need to be listened to on repeat for them to emerge.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#67/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Calm Down
  2. Kids
  3. Hi Life
  4. First Shot
  5. Golden Age
  6. For Izzy
  7. Faithbreaker
  8. On Our Heels
  9. Knots
  10. Pilot Light
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