Multi-Love

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Multi-Love
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love album cover.jpg
Studio album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Released 26 May 2015 (2015-05-26)
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 42:15
Label Jagjaguwar
Producer
Unknown Mortal Orchestra chronology
Blue Record
(2013)Blue Record2013
Multi-Love
(2015)
Sex & Food
(2018)Sex & Food2018
Singles from Multi-Love
  1. "Multi-Love"
    Released: 5 February 2015
  2. "Can't Keep Checking My Phone"
    Released: 20 April 2015

Multi-Love is the third studio album from the band Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It was released on 26 May 2015.[1] The track "Can't Keep Checking My Phone" was featured by EA Sports on FIFA 16.

The title Multi-Love is a reference to the polyamorous relationship frontman Ruban Nielson had with his wife and a younger woman from Tokyo, Japan for a year, before her visa expired and the relationship ended. The topic is a prevalent theme in the album's lyrics.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[6]
NME9/10[7]
The Observer4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork7.1/10[9]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Spin8/10[12]
Uncut9/10[13]

Multi-Love received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 25 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[3]

Nina Corcoran of Consequence of Sound gave the album a favorable review, stating, "By deconstructing traditional geometries of desire, they’ve made their most fully realized album yet."[14] Mack Hayden of Paste praised the album, stating, "Unknown Mortal Orchestra can now sit back and smile at the fact they’ve written an album which could just as easily be this year’s Channel Orange as it could be its Lonerism. But then again, what makes it even better is how it’s still so distinctively UMO’s that it really can only be 2015’s Multi-Love."[15]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2015 2015
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2015 2015
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2015 2015
Uncut Uncut's Best Albums of 2015 2015

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Multi-Love"
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson[a]
4:11
2."Like Acid Rain"
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson[a]
2:02
3."Ur Life One Night"R. Nielson
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson[a]
  • Jacob Portrait[a]
4:28
4."Can't Keep Checking My Phone"
  • R. Nielson
  • Portrait
R. Nielson4:16
5."Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty"
  • R. Nielson
  • Chris Nielson
  • R. Nielson
  • Portrait[b]
6:05
6."The World is Crowded"
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson[a]
  • Portrait[a]
4:20
7."Stage or Screen"
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson
R. Nielson3:26
8."Necessary Evil"
  • R. Nielson
  • K. Nielson
  • C. Nielson
R. Nielson5:18
9."Puzzles"R. NielsonR. Nielson7:03
Total length:42:15

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Personnel[edit]

  • Ruban Nielson – guitar (all tracks), synthesizer (all tracks), vocals (all tracks), bass (tracks 1-5, 7-9), percussion (tracks 3, 4), sitar (track 1), hurdy gurdy (track 5), strings (track 9); production (all tracks), engineering (all tracks), mixing (all tracks); layout
  • Kody Nielson – drums (all tracks), piano (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7), percussion (tracks 4, 5), synthesizer (tracks 3, 5), bass (track 6), backing vocals (track 9); co-production (tracks 1-3, 6), additional engineering (tracks 4, 8)
  • Jacob Portrait – bass (track 4); co-production (tracks 3, 8), additional production (track 5), additional engineering (tracks 3, 4, 6)
  • Riley Geare – additional drums (tracks 5, 9), percussion (track 3); additional engineering (track 5)
  • Chris Nielson – horns (tracks 4, 5, 8)
  • Duke Aipolani – percussion (track 5)
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Maria Celeste – cover image
  • Miles Johnson – layout

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 70
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 158
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 44
US Billboard 200[26] 98
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[27] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 12
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[29] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coplan, Chris (5 February 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra announce new album, Multi-Love". Consequence of Sound. 
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (2015-06-09). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: 'I can't tell what I'm supposed to keep private now'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Jonze, Tim (21 May 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love review – a breakup record with a difference". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Lauren (22 May 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love | Album Review". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Homewood, Ben (8 May 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra – 'Multi-Love'". NME. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Empire, Kitty (24 May 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love review – a squelchy update of UMO's nagging groove". The Observer. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Larson, Jeremy D. (26 May 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love". Q (347): 113. June 2015. 
  11. ^ Exposito, Suzy (24 July 2015). "Multi-Love". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Brown, Harley (27 May 2015). "Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Welcomes the Private Into Public on the Kaleidoscopic 'Multi-Love'". Spin. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love". Uncut (217): 79. June 2015. 
  14. ^ Corcoran, Nina (20 May 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Hayden, Mack (May 26, 2015). "Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love Review". Paste. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2015". Consequence of Sound. December 2, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Best Albums of 2015". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ "NME'S Albums of the Year 2015". nme.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  19. ^ "Uncut's Best Albums of 2015". Uncut. December 18, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  25. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  28. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  29. ^ "Unknown Mortal Orchestra Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2015.