This Is Not the End

Spielbergs - This Is Not the End
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #19 / 83
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2019 Ratings: #40
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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By The Time It Gets Dark / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

As a standalone document, this is a gem of an album. However if as its title suggests, this is just the beginning, the foundations are here for something very special indeed.

80
PopMatters

On This Is Not the End, Spielbergs create a joyfully optimistic set of musically candid, emotionally transparent, effervescent indie rock anthems in waiting.

80
NME

That thrill of skirting between anxiety and triumph at 1000mph is what makes this album such a joy.

80
Under The Radar

This is arguably the first utterly crucial rock album of 2019. More polished than the EP, but losing none of the punch that made it so special, this is a strikingly consistent collection of melodic rock songs, borrowing from the palette of '90s hard rock but adding a decidedly contemporary sheen.

80
AllMusic

On this very nice debut, Spielbergs are a tough band to pigeonhole, boasting quality writing and a hooky approach that transcends whatever sonic space they occupy at a given moment.

80
Dork

Spielbergs make it look easy to quicken the pulse and lift the spirit.

75
The 405

These guys make sincerity an artform, so immutably honest that the distinction between homage and pastiche is eroded to irrelevancy. But they also have the tunes to live up to it on This Is Not The End.

72
Pitchfork

On their debut LP, the Norwegian trio emboldens their customary celebration rock by adding emphatic stretches of post-rock and power pop.

70
God Is in the TV

This Is Not The End ... has everything on it from the sublime to the listenable.

70
No Ripcord

The songwriting does suffer as a result of their walloping, impatient joy, but as Spielbergs prove, some instant gratification is always called for.

Sleezus
55
A decent showing for a debut album. Spielbergs show promise with their music but doesn't hit the mark with this one. Tracks like NFL, We are all going to die, and McDonald's (Please don't fuck up my order) are great songs and defiantly stand out. I'm excited to see what this band is gonna do in later projects.
MinatoArisato
70
Good old angsty Rock and Roll. This record is a solid rock record if you just want to feel like angry teenager again. It isn't anything new but it does what it does pretty damn well.

Beat Track: Forevermore
Worst Track: Bad Friend
rosevean
75
mediocrely good

#1 Five on It / #3 NFL / #7 Bad Friend
#10 4AM / #12 Forevermore
JustSomeGuy
80
This Is Not The End is a solid rock album and a great debut for Spielbergs. Right from the get-go, it had me gripped and ready to hear more.
Really, there's not anything I dislike here. There are some really great tracks and some really good tracks. I actually struggle to find one that I could call my least favourite.
Overall, this is just a really good album that I would recommend to any fan of rock. I look forward to seeing what else these guys are going to make in the future.

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Corey_Larkin
89
Life affirming mix of punk rock, power pop, and post-rock that will have you ascending past the mundanity and cyclicality of every day life. The immediacy of this album hits you in your bones and warms every inch of your skin. Many of the ideas on this record have been heard or seen elsewhere, but the way that all of their influences crash into each other creating whirring blasts of color and light is an experience that rivals any other anthemic rock record. One of the most exciting debut ... read more
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Track List

  1. Five on It
  2. Distant Star
  3. NFL
  4. We Are All Going to Die
  5. Familiar
  6. You All Look Like Giants
  7. Bad Friend
  8. Mcdonald's (Please Don't Fuck up My Order)
  9. Sleeper
  10. 4AM
  11. S.K.
  12. Forevermore
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