Fat White Family - Serfs Up!
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #323 / 590
Year End Rank: #32
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2019 Ratings: #322
April 19, 2019 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
Whether the Fat Whites are cavaleering through a disco dystopia or spinning together tramadol-dub ditties, their music remains an essential and completely unstoppable force.
80
Northern Transmissions
These narcotic ne’er-do-wells have forged a near genre-less sonic odyssey; if they’re still around for album four, through more tales of infighting, hallucinations and horse tranquilizers no doubt, who knows what they’ll sound like next.
80
Loud and Quiet
At points, the album’s closest analogue might be the headachey, widescreen comedown of Pulp’s ‘This is Hardcore’ (more Sheffield, then). But where that album felt like the end of something, this record is a triumph that feels, just as the end was in sight, like a real beginning.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Serfs Up!, for all its successes, doesn’t offer the Fat White Family a route into the mainstream, and perhaps that’s never been what they have wanted. But music this good demands to be heard by as many people as possible.

80
NME
‘Serfs Up!’ does taper towards the end, dragging somewhat with ‘Oh Sebastian’ and ‘Rock Fishes’, but it’s a victorious return from a ragtag bunch finally realising its ambitions.
80
Exclaim!

Rather than bleakly ruminating on puritan culture and hyper-capitalism, on Serfs Up! the band glide through disorder, dancing on the ashes of dull decency with "deep and terrible glee."

70
musicOMH

Serfs Up! is ... an oddly neutered beast, lacking passion while veering towards the cliff-edge of credibility and acceptance. There are moments of brilliance and experimentation, but these are too often outweighed by pedestrian tunes and indistinct vocals.

70
AllMusic

Of course, parts of Serfs Up! are just as dilapidated as earlier Fat White Family releases, with tracks like "Vagina Dentata" and "Fringe Runner" marked by sleazy overdriven grooves and other abrasions. Still, the band show significant growth here on what is easily their most accomplished effort to date.

65
Under The Radar

On Serfs Up the band apparently shifted from cocaine and heroin to Ketamine and weed and, while correlation does not imply causation, this is a record less obtuse than previous offerings, though equally placed on a stage of ugliness.

60
Dork
At its best, ‘Serfs Up!’ shows just what Fat White Family can do with decent production and some room to breathe, but more often than not it just showcases a band who are fishing around for a new direction and so far, failing to find one.
60
No Ripcord

The paradox of trying to make “cool” music is that it takes a lot of work, yet should appear effortless. Serfs Up! feels effortless for the wrong reasons—though Fat White Family's sheen of coolness and atmospheric moods almost hides a lack of songcraft, it's best suited as background music.

30
Crack Magazine
A trudging, charmless effort, Fat White Family’s most offensive act might just be the utter dullness their every move inspires.
KengojiUltamYT
89
Serfs Up! is excellent on all levels

Best Tracks: Feet,I Believe in Something Better,Kim's Sunsets,Fringe Runner,Tastes Good with the Money,When I Leave
Worst Track: Oh Sebastian
usedtobe
85
Grabs you with its rousing, frenzied melodies and ultra melodic tunes with an attitude. Fucking love it.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
MusicN
83
Quite disappointing after the AMAZING singles, but still quite good.
79
A fun, extravagant and at times hilarious album. Fat White Family have taken their signature brand of edgy indie-rock and dialled it up to 11. Over the course of 10 tracks, the group manage to cover everything from disco to glam rock, with the overall results being some incredibly rewarding listens. However, the shabby production of some tracks combined with the immature edginess of some tracks does take away from the listen.

Best track: Tastes Good with the Money- a flat out banger through ... read more
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Track List

  1. Feet
  2. I Believe in Something Better
  3. Vagina Dentata
  4. Kim's Sunsets
  5. Fringe Runner
  6. Oh Sebastian
  7. Tastes Good with the Money
  8. Rock Fishes
  9. When I Leave
  10. Bobby's Boyfriend
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