Catfish & The Bottlemen - The Balance
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #742 / 757
User Score
Based on 167 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1289
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April 26, 2019 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Spill Magazine

The Balance is a memorable, catchy, and even relatable experience that fans, and newcomers alike will play over and over, and add to their favorite music collection, because that is most definitely where it belongs.

60
NME

The Llandudno four-piece stick to the script with this assured third album of solid indie rock tunes. As they put it themselves: "Nothing's really changed."

60
AllMusic

They don't expand their horizons, preferring to stick to the hyper-charged British indie they minted with their 2014 debut, The Balcony.

40
The Independent
If there ever was a band to define “meat and potatoes” rock, it’s Catfish and the Bottlemen. On their third album, the Welsh group rehash their earlier stadium-filling anthems, which are all driven by frontman Van McCann’s half-hearted drawl.
40
Dork
In resisting change, Catfish have shot themselves in the foot, and will surely soon enough find themselves sat gathering dust, devoid of any colour or character in the name of their beloved rock and roll.
bajafrecuencia
50
Bold move of Catfish to release the same album three times.

Decent 5
ElectricMess
55
I got two songs into the album radio before I realized it was actually over
JoaoSantos
44
Catfish & The Bottlemen manage to release a solid yet painfully uninteresting album that lacks creativity and energy. It could be a lot worse tho...
liammenzies
16
An excruciatingly bland album that doesn't even have the defence of the band's first album of being "kinda catchy". This CATB trilogy seems to make its sole focus to create the same uncomfortableness of sitting in a room with some bucket hat wearing bullies who think they are "saving guitar music".
jordymusic
65
This is the first Catfish and the Bottlemen album in which nostalgia wont play a huge part in my rating. I live in a Scottish border town with a population who are pretty wild for this band and I was too on release of that first album. I still find this alright. I wouldn't call it completely meat and potatoes indie rock. There's still some raw passioned vocal work from Van and a satisfying level of hearty Britishness in the substance of the music. The instrumental work overall is a little more ... read more
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Track List

  1. Longshot
  2. Fluctuate
  3. 2all
  4. Conversation
  5. Sidetrack
  6. Encore
  7. Basically
  8. Intermission
  9. Mission
  10. Coincide
  11. Overlap
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Added on: January 25, 2019