Hate is an album by The Delgados which was first released in the United Kingdom on the Mantra label and later in the United States with two bonus tracks. The album drew generally positive reviews, and has been compared to such other works as The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin. The lyrics are emphatic, with strings and lots of reverb producing a somewhat drawn and pained sound; however, the album often leans towards more uplifting chords as well.
In reviewing this album, Rolling Stone referred to the band as "the depressed cousins of The Flaming Lips" (2003-02-06 issue, p. 62). Spin Magazine put it as follows: "Rougher than Belle and Sebastian and lovelier than Mogwai, the Delgados craft orchestral maneuvers in the dark that leave bruises." (2003-February, p. 98)
The song "The Light Before We Land" is used as the opening theme to the anime series, Gunslinger Girl. "Woke From Dreaming," also from the album, was used in some episodes of the anime as an insert song. The bonus tracks "Coalman" and "Crutches" were also released as b-sides on the CD single for "Coming In From The Cold".