AOTY 2018
Deaf Havana - Rituals
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #688 / 706
User Score
Based on 19 ratings
August 3, 2018 / Release Date
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SO Recordings, Silva Screen / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Dork
In heading in the least expected direction, Deaf Havana are challenging everything we thought we knew. They’ve never sounded more alive.
60
The Independent
Long gone are the days when Deaf Havana were screaming down a microphone.
60
DIY
Taken on its own merit ‘Rituals’ is a bright and bombastic record that harbours a darker underbelly. A notable sonic departure, it also presents Deaf Havana as a band who refuse to rest on their laurels. And though there’s a chance it will alienate a small portion of established fanbase, it will certainly earn the band more than it loses.
60
NME
While The 1975 don’t own radio-rock just yet, ‘Rituals’ feels a little too much like Deaf Havana have lost sight of their own signature, while hammering at the heels of Healy’s.
60
The Skinny
Deaf Havana have moved with the times but it isn’t all sugar-coated and there’s still enough emotion to drive us towards their music.
40
The Guardian

Their 2017 fourth album, All These Countless Nights, packaged Veck-Gilodi’s struggles with alcohol and success into radio-friendly songs, but here he repeats the theme again and again.

20
Spectrum Culture
Deaf Havana seem to aim for The 1975 or The Wombats-level of pop production but misses the mark, ending up with what sounds like a collection of ghosts from a ‘90s boy band. Perhaps it’s the rock influence in their background, but paired up with Veck-Gilodi’s smooth vocals and electronic production which isn’t rooted in either electro or hip hop, it all just comes off like a blind and directionless stab in the dark.
94
This album may be a rock band going pop but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The band thrived off good hooks before and that hasn't changed here, the songs may be less crunchy and thick but they still sound great. The lyrics are about as self depricating as ever and you can argue the "been there done that" for the themes but it wasn't resolved on their last album nor is it something you can just resolve. The album may not be perfect but it's rating is ruined by people who can't ... read more
RKanharn
72
Despite the fact that I enjoyed Holy as a single, I wasn't expecting much from this album but perhaps that was the best approach to take.

I was pleasantly surprised by some of the songs especially among the first 8 on the track list.

Best Songs: Sinner, Holy, Ritual, Saviour.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#27/Rock Sound

Track List

  1. Wake
  2. Sinner
  3. Ritual
  4. Hell
  5. Holy
  6. Saviour
  7. Fear
  8. Pure
  9. Evil
  10. Heaven
  11. Worship
  12. Saint
  13. Epiphany
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Added on: July 20, 2018