AOTY 2018

Performance

White Denim - Performance
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #331 / 706
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2018 Ratings: #277
August 24, 2018 / Release Date
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City Slang / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions
It brims with excitement throughout; packing the same level of excitement and anticipation that fuels a debut album, an effect that is impressive and enviable, as – any band that has lasted beyond a decade will attest – it poses a great challenge to retain the same energy and enthusiasm that artists’ possess in the early stages of their careers.
90
Exclaim!
This record is a far cry from a mocking treatise on performativity; it's strongly felt, unceasingly surprising and just a whole lot of fun.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Performance is, thankfully, anachronistic to the point of absurdity – if you close your eyes anywhere in this record, you’ll be transported to somewhere deep in the '70s, where there are no genres because nobody really cares about that kind of nonsense.

80
PopMatters
White Denim again prove that they are one of the best around.
80
The Skinny

White Denim go in hard for glam on their seventh album, but their penchant for psych is never too far from reach and Performance shimmers from end-to-end.

80
The Independent

What they now lack in raw, ferocious edginess, they make up for glorious driving riff on Performance.

80
DIY
‘Performance’ doesn’t necessarily take White Denim in a drastically different direction, but it captures so many of the different sides of the band’s multi-faceted sound that it feels expansive and wholesome.
80
God Is in the TV
This is an album which demands that you give it your full attention, one that suffers from being merely your tag-along friend on tiresome road trips.
70
Under The Radar

In all, Performance is an immensely controlled assortment of what White Denim does best-which might please some and (eventually) bore others.

70
Clash
For a four-piece rock band from Texas, they still remain pretty difficult to classify and almost impossible to ignore. Play loud and enjoy.
70
The 405

White Denim's Performance somehow makes you feel like you'll get your shit together; by making complex sounds and riffs seem simple and natural, it evokes a "you got this" feeling within that reassures you everything's going to be alright.

65
Pitchfork

On their shaggy, wild-eyed seventh album, the Austin rockers sound like a band rejuvenated—or, at least, a band that remembers what people liked about its music in the first place.

60
Loud and Quiet
Petralli could have done with somebody reining him in at points here, but if all he set out to do was leave ‘Stiff’ firmly in the rear-view mirror, then he’ll consider ‘Performance’ a resounding success.
60
AllMusic

Performance may be lacking in progress, but the effortlessness of their experiments is still very much present, and nine albums in, White Denim remain as playful as ever. Overall, longtime fans of the band are likely to be satisfied, if not dazzled, by their latest effort.

60
Dork

If you're in search of The New Sound you won't find it here but if you're after some fuzzy Southern rock, warbling organs and drawling vocals ‘Performance’ delivers in spades.

DalekTurret32
98
Magazin [100]
Performance [97]
Fine Slime [101] (+)
Double Death [97]
Moves On [98]
It Might Get Dark [98]
Sky Beaming [97]
Backseat Driver [97]
Good News [96] (-)
mattgoold
72
Performance is a typically fun and groovy ride from White Denim—a band so chafed by controlled chaos.
Emme_Strt
89
no se como describir el genero, es demasiado agradable y no encuentro con quien compararlo, me encanta.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#6/Drift
#21/Piccadilly Records
#30/Fopp
#36/Double J
#75/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Magazin
  2. Performance
  3. Fine Slime
  4. Double Death
  5. Moves On
  6. It Might Get Dark
  7. Sky Beaming
  8. Backseat Driver
  9. Good News
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Added on: May 12, 2018