- Abysmal Thoughts

The Drums - Abysmal Thoughts
CRITIC SCORE
75
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Rank: #241 / 522
USER SCORE
73
Based on
50 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
The new sounds heighten the bittersweet flavor, as Pierce opens up about feeling lonely, stupid, betrayed, empty, and at times, hopeful. If his life hasn’t exactly gotten easier, his music has never been better.
90
God Is in the TV
The Drums perfectly captures the feeling of displacement when your love and commitment just aren’t enough. It is difficult not to be charmed.
85
Northern Transmissions
Moving from inconsistent to sublime and headstrong, The Drums have finally hit a powerful plateau in their writing, one that they hopefully stay on and climb from soon.
81
Paste

Don’t let the title fool you. Abysmal Thoughts is a fun, lovely record, radiating sunshine in every melody and shadows in the lyrics. It’s whole and complex and captivating, a treasure chest of an album in which you’ll find something different and unique hiding within each listen.

80
DIY
Similar to Dave Longstreth’s Dirty Projectors solo record from earlier this year, ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ bears a strong connection to The Drums’ past while acknowledging that there’s simply no going back.
80
PopMatters
Pierce has tapped into something here, and he’s made a triumphant bummer of a record.
80
AllMusic

"Abysmal Thoughts"' breezy music and direct words are an arresting mix, and as Pierce stakes his claim as a 21st century master of melodrama, he delivers the purest version of his music yet.

74
Pitchfork

In drawing inspiration from cult bands, the Drums are starting to make records for an audience that is looking for something pretty specific—that particular balance of darkness and light, of guitar effects and tight songwriting. On “Abysmal Thoughts, they do it exceptionally well.

70
Loud and Quiet
What is surprising is the way that the upbeat clean guitars – still typical of this beach band – and the nonchalant delivery, which is extra Morrissey-like on ‘Mirror’, make life’s hard times seem almost bearable.
70
Drowned in Sound
Pierce and company might never release anything as tight and high caliber as their debut album, but they are heading in a new direction while still remaining staunch pioneers of the heavy synths and reverb style that warranted them attention in the first place.
70
The Line of Best Fit

Abysmal Thoughts might not contain anything dramatically different but it’s the sound of The Drums experiencing confidence with their current positioning in 2017.

60
The Skinny
The overall charm is undeniable, even if it does feel very familiar.
55
Under The Radar
The experiments don't come off, while the pop style disappears under endless repetition. That isn't to say it's not lovely and engaging for while-it is-but too much of a good thing is still too much.
50
Exclaim!

The Drums have long been melancholic, but their music used to be fun; Abysmal Thoughts is just a drag.

Aug 15, 2017
Mr_Jaiva
84
Sensitive letters. Fun rhythm. Great melodies with little production.
Jul 25, 2017
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Blood Under My Belt, Head of the Horse
Jun 20, 2017
JustAReflektor
12
not enuff drumming
Jun 20, 2017
PaulyZ
72
TRACK LIST:

Mirror (7.5)
I'll Fight for Your Life (7.7)
Blood Under My Belt (8.0)
Heart Basel (6.7)
Shoot the Sun Down (8.0)
Head of the Horse (6.4)
Under the Ice (7.7)
Are U Fucked (7.2)
Your Tenderness (6.5)
Rich Kids (6.8)
If All We Share (Means Nothing) (7.5)
Abysmal Thoughts (6.9)
Jun 16, 2017
VinylHound83
73
Mirror - 80/100
I'll Fight for Your Life - 90/100
Blood Under My Belt - 70/100
Heart Basel - 75/100
Shoot the Sun Down - 70/100
Head of the Horse - 65/100
Under the Ice - 75/100
Are U Fucked - 65/100
Your Tenderness - 70/100
Rich Kids - 65/100
If All We Share (Means Nothing) 80/100
Abysmal Thoughts - 75/100

Average Rating: 73

Overall Opinion: The good tracks are great..but some of the writing is just really terrible. Lyrics killed the rating of this one for me.
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June 16, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Anti- / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Mirror
  2. I'll Fight for Your Life
  3. Blood Under My Belt
  4. Heart Basel
  5. Shoot the Sun Down
  6. Head of the Horse
  7. Under the Ice
  8. Are U Fucked
  9. Your Tenderness
  10. Rich Kids
  11. If All We Share (Means Nothing)
  12. Abysmal Thoughts


Added on: March 1, 2017