The Seduction of Kansas

Priests - The Seduction of Kansas
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2019 Ratings: #314 / 737
User Score
Based on 135 ratings
2019 Ratings: #823
April 5, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sister Polygon / Label
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In any configuration, Priests always have something to say, and they once again grab listeners by the collar and force them to pay attention.


Both poppy and heady, intelligent and reckless, and sometimes bordering on absurdist, The Seduction of Kansas calls into question the social landscape of the American heartland and poses Priests as punk’s resident anthropologists.


The Seduction of Kansas finds Priests progressing beyond their abrasive punk roots into a genre-defying force, fluent in the slick soundscapes of St. Vincent and the Talking Heads as well as the grain and grit of Portishead and Nine Inch Nails.

The Line of Best Fit

The Seduction Of Kansas is an intelligent and essential record the establishes Priests as masters of their craft, and truly marks them out as one of the most capable punk bands around.


The Seduction of Kansas glistens and hurtles, finding moments of camp and dance that demand a physical response, just as much as they do an intellectual one.


Over its 11 tracks, 'The Seduction of Kansas' reveals a creative force exhilarated and happy to experiment. It's a more mature record, one that keeps the energy of its predecessor and filters it through new sonic filters.

The Skinny

On The Seduction of Kansas, Washington DC's Priests broaden their stylistic horizons, shake off the tag of political punks, and deliver a thrilling indictment of modern day America anyway.


While they're too nonconformist to be a traditional punk band, they continue to define themselves as something more challenging and encompassing.

Spectrum Culture

They deliver fast punk songs and slinky surf rock songs alongside glittering pop-influenced dance jams, each of which still sound uniquely Priests.

Loud and Quiet

Complex, questioning and thought-provoking, ‘The Seduction of Kansas’ provides a soundtrack for the modern age, pulled between persistent anxiety and the desire to just forget about it all and dance.

Rolling Stone

The Seduction of Kansas follows its evocative title ... into wide-open new territory via multi-faceted explorations of what Greer calls “the manufactured mythology of Americanism.”


The Seduction of Kansas is another evocative and considered album, the band reiterating their ability to present topics with tremendous clarity and depth.


‘The Seduction Of Kansas’ is a fun, dancey funk-punk record that benefits from Congleton’s lightness of touch, proof that you can step outside your comfort zone and maintain your sense of self.

The Guardian

For such an intellectually fearless band, the production is sometimes frustratingly reserved: you can never seem to turn the volume loud enough to give the more biting songs the impact they deserve.

This is my 1111th rating on AOTY (strange number isn't it?), so I would like to celebrate this event with a review of this rating!

The punk band's second album serves the Priests to partially recalibrate their sound. The bloody post-punk of the origins is joined by more accessible sounds, reminiscent of the Foals, thus introducing almost dance-like sounds in their aesthetics.

If the aesthetics of the Priests has changed we owe it to the departure of the founder Taylor Mulitz, bassist until ... read more
addition by subtraction works to result in a sleeker but far less moody sound. maybe there should be a new genre simply called "Congletonic". when you are a "Congletonic" band all the rough spots disappear, everything is smooth and balanced, there are no ugly warts or nasty sticking points. the opposite genre would of course be "Albinic", Priests is now fully Congletonic. too bad because one of the best aspects of their debut was their thinly veiled dislike of each ... read more
Ah, the month of April. A much simpler month. The sun was starting to shine, and the flowers starting to bloom. This month is going to be fun to retroactively review.

The Seduction of Kansas is the second album of Washington D.C based post-punk band Priests. Though I had not listened to their debut album from 2017, I was not too skeptical going into this one.
But oh boy, this album just sounds very awkward. Some tracks pull of the very typical 2010s indie-rock vibe with its chorus-filled ... read more
Where Priests didn't do much to catch my attention on their debut a couple years ago, this album had a bit more bite for my taste. The group is a throw back for sure, wearing their influences on their sleeve. They wear them well, and take a previous post-punk/dance-punk sound and deliver it via a new sonic lens. This rivals many of the classic records of this sound with challenging hooks and well crafted song structures. I think the vocal performances also carry strong weight to them as well ... read more
A good intention of post punk and dance punk. But the production is a little weak, the voice doesn't have a lot presence is leak of personality. There's nothing much memorable but is a good album for backtrack making some other activities
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Year End Lists

#19/Spectrum Culture
#49/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Jesus’ Son
  2. The Seduction of Kansas
  3. Youtube Sartre
  4. I'm Clean
  5. Ice Cream
  6. Good Time Charlie
  7. 68 Screen
  8. Not Perceived
  9. Control Freak
  10. Carol
  11. Interlude: I Dream This Dream in Which My Body Is My Own
  12. Texas Instruments
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Added on: January 9, 2019