AOTY 2017
The Black Angels - Death Song
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #308 / 653
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2017 Ratings: #288
April 21, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Partisan / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste

In some ways, Death Song is a return to basics ... In other ways, it’s their most truly progressive work yet, characterized by bold, complex, even labyrinthine compositions. It’s inspired by ‘60s psychedelia but without glancing backward too much.

80
American Songwriter

The Black Angels can immediately suggest hints of many other artists, but on Death Song, their greatest strength is harnessing the aesthetic they’ve worked for more than a decade to refine, and it’s as rich and powerful as they’ve ever sounded.

80
The Skinny

All told, Death Song might be their finest hour.

76
Sputnikmusic

Whether they address political issues, genocides (both historic and contemporary) or anxieties caused by alienation or inability to cope with the overwhelming pace of the 21st century, the band smoothly blends the beautiful with the ugly.

75
A.V. Club

Recorded in the thick of the most vulgar election season in American history, the Angels funnel all the Trump-era savageness they can stomach into what might be the heaviest record of their career.

70
AllMusic

If you're in the market for an album that will summon the dark atmospheres, Death Song certainly delivers the goods, and it demonstrates that the Black Angels slowly but surely improve each time they go into the studio.

67
GIGsoup

Hardcore fans will surely be pleased with Death Song, as it does offer some worthy additions to the band’s sonic résumé. Yet, for more casual listeners, the record could lack overall impact and staying power.

60
God Is in the TV

As with many albums within this genre there is so often an absence of light and shade; half a dozen tracks down the line and I’m having to concentrate which is by no means a criticism but The Black Angels are clearly more of a proposition lyrically than musically.

Jul 25, 2017
VinylHound83
76
Currency - 10/10
I'd Kill for Her - 7/10
Half Believing - 9/10
Comanche Moon - 8/10
Hunt Me Down - 8/10
Grab as Much - 7/10
Estimate - 8/10
I Dreamt - 7/10
Medicine - 6/10
Death March - 6/10
Life Song - 8/10

Overall Rating: 84 out of 110 = 76%
END OF YEAR LISTS
#35/Rough Trade
#36/Gigwise
#44/Piccadilly Records
#86/Fopp
Track List
  1. Currency
  2. I'd Kill for Her
  3. Half Believing
  4. Comanche Moon
  5. Hunt Me Down
  6. Grab as Much (as you can)
  7. Estimate
  8. I Dreamt
  9. Medicine
  10. Death March
  11. Life Song


Added on: February 7, 2017