Hate (The Delgados album)

Hate is the fourth studio album by Scottish indie rock band The Delgados. It was first released on 14 October 2002 in the United Kingdom on the Mantra label, and later released on 21 January 2003 in the United States with two bonus tracks.

Studio album by
Released14 October 2002 (2002-10-14)
GenreIndie rock
The Delgados chronology
Live at the Fruitmarket
Universal Audio
Singles from Hate
  1. "Coming In from the Cold"
    Released: 2002
  2. "All You Need Is Hate"
    Released: 2003

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.

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.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Austin Chronicle[3]
Drowned in Sound9/10[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
Rolling Stone[10]

Hate drew generally positive reviews, and has been compared to such other works as The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin.

In reviewing the album, Rolling Stone referred to the band as "the depressed cousins of The Flaming Lips".[10] Spin put it as follows: "Rougher than Belle and Sebastian and lovelier than Mogwai, the Delgados craft orchestral maneuvers in the dark that leave bruises."[11]

Track listing

All tracks are written by The Delgados (Stewart Henderson, Emma Pollock, Paul Savage and Alun Woodward).

1."The Light Before We Land"5:30
2."All You Need Is Hate"2:53
3."Woke from Dreaming"4:32
4."The Drowning Years"5:12
5."Coming In from the Cold"3:34
6."Child Killers"6:42
8."All Rise"4:43
9."Never Look at the Sun"5:23
10."If This Is a Plan"4:26
Total length:47:31


Chart (2002) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[12] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 57
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[14] 5


  1. "Hate by The Delgados". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. Carruthers, Sean. "Hate – The Delgados". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  3. Chamy, Michael (18 April 2003). "Delgados, Arab Strap, and Aereogramme". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  4. Dobson, Gareth (25 October 2002). "Album Review: The Delgados – Hate". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  5. Brunner, Rob (14 February 2003). "Hate". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  6. Clarke, Betty (11 October 2002). "The Delgados: Hate". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  7. Bronson, Kevin (9 February 2003). "The Delgados 'Hate' (Mantra/Beggars)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  8. Abebe, Nitsuh (27 January 2003). "The Delgados: Hate". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  9. "The Delgados: Hate". Q (196): 100. November 2002.
  10. Hoard, Christian (6 February 2003). "The Delgados: Hate". Rolling Stone: 62. Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  11. Greenwald, Andy (February 2003). "The Delgados, 'Hate' (Mantra Recordings)". Spin. 19 (2): 98. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  12. "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  13. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
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