- The Underside of Power

Algiers - The Underside of Power
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Rank: #20 / 441
USER SCORE
78
Based on
111 ratings

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100
A.V. Club
This record might not justify the trying times under which it was created—what art could?—yet it captures them in a way that provides both comfort and catharsis to those who would resist. It’s an album we need right now, and will surely, sadly need again.
100
musicOMH

The Underside Of Power is righteous, vicious and vital. If the world is a stage, then at the moment it’s hard to think of a better house band than Algiers.

90
God Is in the TV

Algiers’ The Underside Of Power is an incredible undertaking and for the most part an incredible achievement.

90
Clash
As an album, though still swinging from one place to another with glee, ‘The Underside Of Power’ feels important, and very, very serious, as a body of work. It is one of the year’s very best albums, and sets out Algiers as one of the decade’s very best bands.
90
AllMusic

On The Underside of Power, they assert that even amid violence, darkness, and horror, that the human spirit is affirmed through witness and resistance, leading not only to solace but to redemption.

90
Drowned in Sound
From the clean lines and disquieting ambiguity of the cover to the references to T.S. Eliot and the samples from murdered Black Panthers there’s no mistaking that this is a Serious Album - but hey, that’s a good thing.
90
Alternative Press
There might be no other band working that so effortlessly transcends its myriad influences, creating something authentically new, disturbing and beautiful.
90
The Line of Best Fit

With The Underside of Power, Algiers are providing a potent soundtrack to the modern uprising.

85
Northern Transmissions
The Atlanta experimental genre-mashers come into their sophomore record with no fear and a stellar sense of song writing that always excites no matter how far they push the limits of their sound.
84
GIGsoup
Changes in the political climate have certainly brought about an increase in albums with a political angle over the past twelve months, with the likes of ANOHNI, Solange and Common among the most notable releases. However, there are unlikely to be many that are as relevant and as well crafted as ‘The Underside of Power’.
80
The Skinny
Ultimately, this is an important record at a time when galvanising young people to protest is needed perhaps more than ever. While it's presumptive to assume Algiers have succeeded, this record definitely won't hurt the effort.
80
Loud and Quiet
From the political and ideological to the guttural and anthemic, Algiers angry voice remains a protest sound for these restless days and nights.
80
Under The Radar
This is one of those zeitgeist capturing records, all done without compromise or a hint of triteness. Algiers were once a band with promise; now they've fully arrived.
80
Exclaim!
The whole record holds a mirror up to society and asks the question: What do we want from our leaders, and ourselves? It's a difficult request often ignored in popular music, but it's a vital one for these turbulent times.
80
No Ripcord

There’s a confrontational energy to The Underside of Power that encourages conversation, and not just rapturous abandon. It’s an unorthodox approach that immediately distinguishes them.

80
DIY
‘The Underside Of Power’ is heavy going, but completely, necessarily so.
80
PopMatters

Whether or not punk is “back” amidst this wide range of artistic responses remains an open question, but if what the world needs right now is confrontational, unapologetic art, then The Underside of Power rises to the challenge and succeeds.

80
The Needle Drop

Algiers blow the sophomore slump out of the water with The Underside of Power, a more intense and versatile album than the band's self-titled debut.

70
Rolling Stone
Suggesting Birthday Party, Suicide or Public Image Limited taking a midnight leap in the mighty Mississippi, this Atlanta crew combines droogy post-punk rattle and churchy Southern roots music on their second album.
58
Pitchfork

Gospel, punk, and noise fuse together for Algiers’ ambitious and chaotic second album. The songs burn with anger and grief, but lack cohesion to get the message across.

Jul 7, 2017
zaxapitsa
91
Over-dramatic over-saturated industrial gospel is the kind of exciting stuff I expect the youth to come up with to break the millenial monotony.
Jun 27, 2017*
ryansliao
80
No other album this year so far has hit harder or sank deeper than this political post punk masterpiece. Just sonically, I could justify giving this a high score. They somehow managed to blend the guitars and the electronic percussion perfectly, even going as far as dedicating an entire track to an electronic breakdown. The political undertones are just as sharp as they were on their debut. And luckily, these themes are framed as humanity's struggle with itself, not some of the tribal ... read more
Aug 6, 2017
DachetG
80
The album is best described as angry gospel rock. Intense and powerful, but all the energy is expended in the beginning, and starts to taper down as the album continues. If it stayed constant, it could have been an eight-point-five or higher. As of now, eight.

BEST – 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12
01. Walk Like a Panther – 9 – Liked it, but would have preferred the talking cut off at the beginning.
02. Cry of the Martyrs – 9 -
03. The Underside of Power – 9
04. Death March ... read more
Aug 6, 2017
FlimFlam
70
Honestly, I was expecting more from this album. I love, love, love the unique mix of gospel vocals with the electronic, post-punk sound, but on this album, I feel like the plan was better than the execution. That doesn’t mean it never connects for me, because it definitely does, and on those tracks, Algiers are really something special. I just do not feel that they sustained it over the length of this record. There were just too many indistinguishable tracks that I’ve already ... read more
Aug 2, 2017
DukesAtmosphere
80
Powerfully anchored by the poignancy and politics of the album’s title track, The Underside Of Power harkens back to a bygone era when the Motown sound of young America was taking it to the streets and acts like The Temptations and Edwin Starr helped give voice to the nation’s youth with scorching tracks Ball Of Confusion and War. And as much as those records were a sign of the times so is the latest by Algiers, current, modern and of it’s day. A head turning genre bending ... read more
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Track List
  1. Walk Like a Panther
  2. Cry of the Martyrs
  3. The Underside of Power
  4. Death March
  5. A Murmur. A Sign.
  6. Mme Rieux
  7. Cleveland
  8. Animals
  9. Plague Years
  10. Hymn for an Average Man
  11. Bury Me Standing
  12. The Cycle / The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, philthy


Added on: April 28, 2017