Joy as an Act of Resistance

Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #2 / 547
User Score
Based on 367 ratings
2018 Ratings: #4
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
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Partisan / Label
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God Is in the TV

If their debut Brutalism took a blunderbuss to a knife fight in a bid to lay waste to the perceived multitude of cancerous sins being committed in the name of ‘modern living’ then Joy As An Act Of Resistance has a more measured snipers aim.


With impassioned songs about toxic masculinity, mental health issues, Brexit and immigration  - this album chews up a whole load of BIG issues without ever feeling like a overly-political rant. It is one of the most vital and important albums of 2018.


No hyperbole needed; IDLES are the most important band we have right now.


The fun punks’ second album is an instant classic, one that people will turn to in times of need for years to come.

Drowned in Sound

Joy As An Act Of Resistance is everything anyone could have wanted or expected it to be: Idles have released the most relevant and at times gut wrenching album of the year.

The Line of Best Fit

Joy… delivers on the momentum that they have been building, and seizes a piece of the zeitgeist in the process.


Quashing any fears of a sophomore slump, Bristol punks IDLES have delivered what will ultimately be hailed as one of 2018's most vital records with Joy As an Act of Resistance.

Crack Magazine

A heady, confusing rush of present-day fury and hope for a brighter future, Joy as An Act of Resistance is a record that bristles with the political and emotional energy of punk’s very best.


There is a profound sense of joy on the album. A loud, often frenetic, intense joy but joy all the same. The album extols the virtues of inclusion, of community, of love.

The 405

IDLES deliver a thunderous and sharp state-of-the-nation address in their monumental Joy As An Act Of Resistance.

Under The Radar

Joy as an Act of Resistance is one of the defining moments in modern punk and, with any justice, will stand as a testament to the working classes of the world and prove that new rock music is still being produced that can reach into your chest, tear out your heart-and then give you a great big hug that makes you feel like everything might just be alright in the end.

This is a band to get excited about. Very, VERY, excited about!
The Needle Drop

UK punk outfit IDLES return with an album that improves on the brutal and politically charged style the band delivered on their debut last year. One of the best punk albums of the decade without question!


Overall, Joy as an Act of Resistance manages to plumb new depths for Idles -- that they've achieved another record in such a short space of time is admirable, let alone one that shines head and shoulders over the majority of their peers -- and it certainly upholds their status as one of the U.K.'s most exciting new acts.

Occupying similar territory to their debut, the one-two effect of aggressive instrumentals and compelling one-liners makes for a blistering listen.
Northern Transmissions
If the Bristol transplant’s first record grabbed you by the lapels and demanded you to pay attention, the quintet’s quick-fire follow up album ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ is more of a firm arm around the shoulders; it’s an LP that’s forged on inclusivity, embracing imperfections and flaws whilst confronting contentious subjects like immigration and looking to dismantle macho stereotypes.
Loud and Quiet
‘Joy…’ is a self-confessed parade. It’s a punch-up and it’s a bear hug. It’s a less chic release than ‘Brutalism’, but the curse-of-the-second-album is not even a consideration.
The Independent
Sensitive punks, at long last, need hugs. Hardcore rock music, no matter how socially righteous, progressive and respect-driven, has generally arrived gargling testosterone, so it’s deeply refreshing that Bristol’s Idles place vulnerability and empathy front and centre.
The Guardian

For anyone in need of music that articulates their concerns or helps them to work through their troubles – or anyone who simply appreciates blistering, intelligent punk – they might just be Britain’s most necessary band.


Much like their last album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance suggests Idles aren’t a particularly progressive band musically, but their sound is one with the absolute sincerity of their exploration of our culture and politics.


The riffs come hard, fuzzy, and fast on the Bristol punks’ deeply passionate second album—and the platitudes follow close behind.

The Skinny

While Joy as an Act of Resistance might not flow perfectly as an album, many of its songs when taken on their own raise some serious hell.

Aug 29, 2018
ten points to gryffindor
Sep 6, 2018
These guys absolutely fuck
Aug 31, 2018
"You look like a walking thyroid"

Line of the year, time to go home!
Sep 2, 2018
Where did this come from? How did this happen? Who did this? Why? Where? When? I am so confused and amazed and in love what

Ok I gotta point out that just earlier today I gave a hot take on political music and now here I am, head over heals for this. Aaah the irony...
Sep 3, 2018
"I'm a real boy
Boy, and I cry
I like myself
And I want to try
This is why you never see your father cry
This is why you never see your father cry
This is why you never see your father"
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Track List

  1. Colossus
  2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
  3. I'm Scum
  4. Danny Nedelko
  5. Love Song
  6. June
  7. Samaritans
  8. Television
  9. Great
  10. Gram Rock
  11. Cry To Me
  12. Rottweiler

Added on: June 11, 2018