Brutalism

The Drums - Brutalism
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #143 / 191
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2019 Ratings: #215
April 5, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

89
Northern Transmissions
This is music that feels equally viable at the beach, in a nightclub, or locked in your room, and it’s strangely, amazingly listenable.
80
PopMatters

Brutalism is a gorgeous album that provides both joyous peaks and heartbreaking lows, and the common thread running through the album is an appreciation of the good times and acceptance of the bad times.

80
Exclaim!
This album is Pierce's culminating project that proves things might suck a lot sometimes, but all it takes is that one moment of pure bliss to remember why life isn't so bad after all.
70
AllMusic

As on the Drums' previous album, Brutalism showcases Pierce's knack for portraying the thrilling and terrifying sides of romance and juxtaposing joyous moments with devastating ones.

60
NME

The songs zip by flashier than before and the diversity of sounds on ‘Brutalism’ is thoroughly enjoyable. A welcome return from a band, and artist, who always had more to give and more ground to cover – and hearing him deliver on it is a joy to behold.

60
DIY

On the one hand, ‘Brutalism’ feels less bloated than any of its predecessors, and a number of sharp production touches ensure that some of its tracks are excellent ... On the other hand, the album is missing some of The Drums’ lo-fi charm.

57
Paste

If you want to recreate Brutalism, turn on the menu screen of any Sega Genesis game from 1992 and read aloud your angriest poem from high school. It’s catchy in places, sure, but so are bedbugs.

zachthesnack
45
Brutalism v. Brutalism

Idles > The Drums
KengojiUltamYT
53
Brutalism has some great moments but the rest is badly mixed or confusingly written

Best Tracks: Body Chemistry,626 Bedford Avenue,Loner,I Wanna Go Back
Worst Track: Brutalism
Plats
68
Oh right! I've always wanted to review this album, especially since I loved their most recent record! I don't know why it says it came out today but I'll let it pass. So, "Brutalism" is the debut LP from British punk band IDLES and it's weirdly not very socio-political and Joe's voice is way different. The writing isn't as witty but... wait... this isn't IDLES? Oh... shit.

Fav Tracks: 626 Bedford Avenue, Loner, Body Chemistry, I Wanna Go Back, Nervous

Least Fav Track: Kiss It ... read more
usedtobe
88
Their most poppy and cohesive work to date.
PatrickL0419
73
Although Brutalism sees The Drums at their most poppy and lovey-dovey, they seem to be more confident than ever to embrace clichés in a manner that makes their music fun and exciting once again.
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Track List

  1. Pretty Cloud
  2. Body Chemistry
  3. 626 Bedford Avenue
  4. Brutalism
  5. Loner
  6. I Wanna Go Back
  7. Kiss It Away
  8. Nervous
  9. Blip of Joy
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Added on: January 15, 2019