I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.

The Body - I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #341 / 788
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2018 Ratings: #100
May 11, 2018 / Release Date
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Thrill Jockey / Label
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A.V. Club

Evocatively titled for a line in Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter, it’s house music for the discotheque of the damned: a howl from the gutter that you can dance to.

Drowned in Sound
It’s a further step outside their restrictive metal boundary, nudging them towards the industrial noise collages of dälek or the frazzled digital fry of Death Grips.

There really isn't anyone else who combines ear-bleeding noise, desolation, and ravenous beauty like the Body, and I Have Fought Against It is one of their most emotionally heavy albums yet.

Metal Injection

I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer is a remarkable work of technical innovation and emotion. The record has the qualities of a breathtaking film soundtrack; the material entertains you as much as it makes you shiver with feeling.

True to form, the record hides moments of grace within an impenetrably violent landscape, capturing a rupture at the boundary of what is bearable.
Consequence of Sound
The band expertly balance dynamics for a release that feels full and directed, rather than just pummeling the listener with non-stop chaos or screeching vocals.
Northern Transmissions
On their latest album the band bring the album through both electronic and abrasive art-rock frontiers and end up with an album that is blissfully unpredictable. Though it’s certainly not going to work for everyone, this is one album that will certainly keep you on your toes.
The Line of Best Fit

They continue to test the waters, which in itself is admirable, however, the execution in reaching a pinnacle can get lost from time to time.

Loud and Quiet
A great entry point, and decent fodder for noise night at your local vegan café bar-cum-grooming salon.
Spectrum Culture

Grace may not be the best word for it, but injecting some elegance in this hellish noise, The Body, with I Have Fought Against it, But I Can’t Any Longer, has proven itself still hungry, still experimenting, still ready to drag you down.

Rolling Stone
While there are moments of incredible beauty, such as orchestral strings and operatic vocals by Lingua Ignota singer Kristin Hayter on "Nothing Stirs," they're often juxtaposed with grating noise.
It's crazy how many different genres this thing traverses. Everything from Death Metal and Doom, to Drone and Noise, even the likes of Industrial and Trap are featured pretty prominently on this record. The Body came at the general public with something that was hard hitting a visceral but also wildly experimental and well thought out. One of the most slept on records of the year.

Favs: Off Script, Sickly Heart of Sand

Least Fav: Can Carry No Weight
overwhelmingly brilliant, sample-heavy pastiche, sonic bricolage of astonishing range, and their best record to date. the dark rainbow of vocal performances by King, Berdan, Eberle, Wolpert, and Hayter (especially on "Nothing Stirs" where I thought she would burst forth from the speakers like Athena) provide jagged counter-points and the deep beat seems never to end or find a level too deep to go. the Hrabal passage is perfect and something lesser "bands" would never even ... read more
The body continues to axe away at the frozen ocean of metal, this album then shows another new depth strung together with classical vocals juxtaposed next to the signature vocals of the body "Blessed, Alone" stands out here. Metal has for a long time belonged to a specific listener but The Body continue to re-introduce metal to listeners in new and interesting ways.

On a personal note: Hrabal's excerpt from total fears, sounds just as haunting as when I first read it. Its weird they ... read more
You can feel the progression of The Body’s body of work leading up to this beast. Mystifying, exciting, wholly depressing. The desperation of trying to cling to sanity, only to fail is brilliant. The vocals add a lot.
This is easily one of the more truly experimental and wild works that The Body have worked with in quite some time, especially on their own. Most of this album is the Extreme duo at their most grizzly, working in truly horrifying shrieks and inescapable atmospheres. We also get some industrial beats and some actually beautiful moments as well. If you're into their early work that combined elements of Choir vocals and Lush vocals, up against the grizzliest metal you'll hear all year, this is ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Last Form of Loving
  2. Can Carry No Weight
  3. Partly Alive
  4. The West Has Failed
  5. Nothing Stirs
  6. Off Script
  7. An Urn
  8. Blessed, Alone
  9. Sickly Heart of Sand
  10. Ten Times a Day, Every Day, A Stranger
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Added on: February 12, 2018