Virtue

The Voidz - Virtue
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #451 / 719
User Score
Based on 512 ratings
2018 Ratings: #51
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Julian has been leading us here since First Impressions of Earth, he has finally made his no-fi, bonkers masterpiece.

96
GIGsoup

Give it a chance and you’ll end up having a day-long conversation about ‘Virtue’, with your like-minded experimental rock fan buddies. There’s so much on offer, so much to sink your teeth into.

80
NME
The Voidz and Julian might not be the most predictable band to pin down, but there are at least some things that we’ve come to expect from them: whatever they do will be interesting, unusual and thought-provoking. On ‘Virtue’, they’ve hit the jackpot with a bonus ball – fun.
80
Loud and Quiet
For all the ferocious deviation and chastening of order going on here, what’s attracted and repelled, sliced open and infected us with Casablancas has been his louche, drunk vocal delivery, bag full of father issues, neat way with arpeggios and a sentimental fondness for parallel minor 6ths. Throughout its XtraLarge-n-sprawlin 15 tracks, these remain a satisfying core on ‘Virtue’.
80
DIY
Perhaps, you think, they’ve ditched the abrasiveness of 2014 debut ‘Tyranny’? Perhaps, you wonder, our ol’ buddy Jules is keeping it simpler this time around? WRONG.
80
Spectrum Culture

In all of its shabby glory, Virtue is Casablancas strongest album in a decade.

80
Exclaim!

Virtue is as fun as it is challenging and is both catchy and complex.

80
The Needle Drop
The Voidz's everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to rock music results in a vibrant sophomore album.
75
Northern Transmissions
At 15 tracks long and pushing almost an hour in length, ‘Virtue’ is an indulgent effort by The Voidz but when
you’ve got as many ideas as JC and the gang – you can’t blame them for having their cake and eating it.
75
Consequence of Sound

Virtue delivers a bracing set of experiments and amounts to the most interesting record of Casablancas’ career. The band is allowed more room compared to Tyranny and the quality of the material is benefited from this, sprouting into hoary, genre-bending but ultimately tuneful psychedelic pop and rock music.

70
Slant Magazine

With its sweeping scope and rippling tension, Virtue captures the anxieties of our current post-truth age.

70
Rolling Stone

Virtue is the sound of honest confusion – messy, complicated and intriguing.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Even with its moving melodies and lyrics, avant-garde production elements, and exhilarating instrumental performances from the rest of the band, Virtue will probably see the same general fate as every other Casablancas effort of the past decade—adored by those who listen, and ignored by those who don’t.

69
Pitchfork

The second album from Julian Casablancas and his motley New York band is sludgy, psychedelic sesh that occasionally coheres into surprising moments of clarity and radiance.

65
Under The Radar

This is Casablancas unwinding and having fun and there's a lot to enjoy here. He's never sounded better (or as versatile) as a vocalist and a lot of this album ("All Wordz Are Made Up," "Lazy Boy") is genuinely great. He may be trying too hard, but at least he's trying to do something different.

60
The Guardian

There’s enough about Virtue to keep it interesting. There’s not enough to make it genuinely good.

60
AllMusic

Like Tyranny, Virtue is a reminder of just how fine the line between experimental and scattered can be. It's a breezier listen than its predecessor, but the Voidz's willingness to try anything -- whether it works or not -- still might be too much for all but their most die-hard fans.

43
A.V. Club

Some of these weirder tracks, like “Qyurryus,” achieve the ugly chic for which Casablancas strives, but more often than not, Virtue is just ugly.

20
The Observer
Casablancas had promised an “eclectic record”, and he has certainly delivered on that score. But there can be a fine line between “eclectic” and “utterly incoherent”, and this falls a long way inside the wrong court.
BradTasteMusic
88
The musical equivalent of a box of crayons. It is so colorful and exciting. Some of the best songs of 2018 have to be here for sure. Exciting and so many great songs and ideas around every corner. Only issue is that a few of these ideas don't go over as well as they would have wished.
tynhe
95
The Strokes are one of those bands many people I know love that I unfortunately can't get into. I found their sound to be lacking in any sort of colour or intriguing ideas and it made feel isolated from being encaptured by their sound. A little after Comedown Machine released (the final Strokes album currently), Julian Casablancas started a new musical project named "The Voidz + Julian Casablancas". Now, I haven't listened to the first Voidz album admittedly and my introduction to The ... read more
Muhammad231299
83
Jack White Experimental: NOT GOOD
Julian Casablanca Experimental: CATCHY

So many good albums in March 30

This makes me happy
EMR
75
Garage-rock, dream-pop, post-industrial marchings, noise-rock, electronic music and a whole lot of other genres clash and collide in Julian Casablancas' new record with The Voidz, their sophomore release coming up four years after the vastly explorative and enticing Tyranny. Oddly enough, whereas that first endeavour was deemed 'too experimental' or 'all-over-the-place' by more than a few reviewing publications and music enthusiasts a few years back, Virtue seems to be getting the ... read more
chairycherry
NR
12/31/18, Bad review:
Like I feel improvement, but there is so much more potential for the group to become what I feel they could be. This is more diverse than their last effort to me, also not as noisy, and for the majority of this, the group makes their different ideas bold and bright; but still, they could flesh out a few of the songs here to create a truly odd-ball collection, throughout. What they did offer here is great anyways, with a somewhat hypnagogic record, that all comes across as ... read more
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Track List

  1. Leave It In My Dreams
  2. QYURRYUS
  3. Pyramid of Bones
  4. Permanent High School
  5. ALieNNatioN
  6. One of the Ones
  7. All Wordz Are Made Up
  8. Think Before You Drink
  9. Wink
  10. My Friend the Walls
  11. Pink Ocean
  12. Black Hole
  13. Lazy Boy
  14. We're Where We Were
  15. Pointlessness
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