Outrage! Is Now
Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Rank: #561 / 629
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
September 8, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros., Last Gang / Label
Dance Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash

With this foundation of sound rooted firmly back in place, the band are now free to start breaking the firm rules they have always worked within to surpass, rather than just equal, the quality of their early releases.

80
AllMusic

It's a vital document to wave in front of anyone who says rock is dead, because one listen to any DFA song is enough to prove that argument DOA.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Death From Above might have pulled their brand of wreckage rock even further towards the dance floor with this, yet it still manages to further the rawness and execution they’ve become so mythical for.

80
The Needle Drop

Death From Above slay with a hard rock-inspired direction on their latest album, Outrage! Is Now.

80
The Independent

Outrage! Is Now is a deeply satisfying record to listen to, and one that the band seem to have had fun making. It’s sarcastic, witty, and the best thing they’ve produced so far.

75
Northern Transmissions

While it may not be as memorable as their previous records, this one still proves Death From Above’s reunion was worth it.

73
Pitchfork

The Toronto dance-punk duo’s new album sees them embracing maturity, bringing in more reflection, more funk, more production finesse, and—crucially—more hooks.

69
GIGsoup

The third album from Death From Above contains scattered brilliance. Their long-established breed of dance-punk is presented here as more polished, catchy and groovy. Unfortunately, a good third of the tracklist falls short of the rest.

60
NOW Magazine

Grainger and Keeler are now more than six years into their reunion, but it’s still hard to listen to these songs without making knee-jerk comparisons to their early work (which, let’s face it, offered more thrills).

50
Consequence of Sound

This apparent quest for new sounds produced Death from Above’s belated sophomore slump, a collection of songs that finds the duo pulled in directions that play against their strengths and makes them sound, for the first time, a little dull.

30
The 405
Sure they’re louder than ever before, but that abrasiveness and that sense of the unexpected has gone. Since their reformation it’s become clearer that they are not the band they once were, and that really is a shame.
30
Tiny Mix Tapes

The shallow cynicism and apathy that animates so many of its songs are under-interrogated by its writers, instead finding form as a pessimist’s non-committal, inconclusive pouting.

Nov 12, 2017
wacochran
88
I don't care what anyone says, this album kicks so much a**
Sep 15, 2017
NR
I think the lyrics and what they are saying are really clever and special. There are many great riffs and the vocals are on point throughout, a great addition to a great catalogue.
Sep 14, 2017
85
▲ = Nomad, Freeze Me, Caught Up, Never Swim Alone, NVR 4 EVR, Holy Books
▬ = Outrage Is Now, Moonlight, Statues, All I C is U & Me
▼ = N/A

Almost better than You're A Women, I'm a Machine. Good job DFA!
Sep 13, 2017
abdcorner
70
DFA(1979) made one great debut record, one mediocre record, and one pretty decent record. "Outrage is Now" is the pretty decent record. However, I struggle to get through the first few tracks on this record. The track "Caught Up" requires this sped-up, Sabbath-esque breakdown to regain your attention because everything that came prior was unnecessary. When DFA hits, they hit just right. But they also can indulge in bad ideas (Dead God, the lyrics to "Outage is Now" ... read more
Sep 12, 2017
BuffaloStaple
46
Unfortunately I think they've lost a lot of what made their last two albums appealing on this new project, i'd argue this is their weakest effort to date. I defended The Physical World, to me that was a decent comeback filled with consistently catchy & exciting songs, whereas this new one really feels like they're struggling to think of anything interesting to perform. A lot of obnoxious riffs & production on this album too, tracks like Freeze Me & Statues were particularly grating. ... read more


Added on: August 15, 2017