The Joy Formidable - AAARTH
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #161 / 794
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2018 Ratings: #754
September 28, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Seradom / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

That AAARTH feels cathartic comes as no surprise, as the trio have long been purveyors of both aural and emotional heft, but this time around they've managed to crystallize both aesthetics into something truly sublime, fulfilling the promise set forth on 2011's The Big Roar.

85
Under The Radar

This is without a shadow of a doubt their best album since The Big Roar, the first to prioritize rock and roll for the sake of rock and roll over a desire for pop hooks or radio attention (say I, as a total outsider) and AAARTH is all the better for it.

75
Spectrum Culture

It’s still inspiring to see the Joy Formidable so deftly tighten everything that makes them good – and, even better, make it look effortless.

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
rosevean
76
#1 Y Bluen Eira, #8 Absence
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Year End Lists

#51/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Y Bluen Eira
  2. The Wrong Side
  3. Go Loving
  4. Cicada (Land on Your Back)
  5. All in All
  6. What For
  7. The Better Me
  8. Absence
  9. Dance of the Lotus
  10. You Can't Give Me
  11. Caught on a Breeze
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Added on: June 26, 2018