Inside the Rose

These New Puritans - Inside the Rose
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2019 Ratings: #106 / 207
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2019 Ratings: #85
March 22, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Inside The Rose is a wonder. A beautiful, dramatic, idiosyncratic album.

90
The Line of Best Fit

By dreaming forwards, These New Puritans have created a piece of art that is strikingly modern yet simultaneously timeless. In their quest for innovation, they have created a ravishing dream.

90
God Is in the TV

It’s an absolute masterpiece, their finest work, an album to rave about and wave in the faces of those who claim that no one makes classic albums any more and music was so much better in my day and oh shut the fuck up will you.

80
Northern Transmissions

‘Inside the Rose’ is starkly beautiful and the perfect vehicle to convey the length and breadth of These New Puritans’ peerless creativity.

80
Dork

It’s an album that is direct and uncompromising, but full of possibility.

80
AllMusic

Over a decade into their career, These New Puritans continue to defy expectation or catagory, making a significant event out of each release.

80
Crack Magazine

The band ... heighten our senses with everything from frenetic vibraphones, synapse-tingling orchestral strings, anxiety-inducing drones and heavenly choral hums. It’s a bold and typically brave offering.

80
The Guardian

It feels less like a lunge for the charts than another stopping point on an increasingly fascinating musical journey.

80
No Ripcord

On Inside of Rose, the duo chisel their rimy, amorphous arrangements into a finely pointed portrait of emotional disintegration.

80
The Skinny

Marking a slight departure from their neo-classical past, Southend-on-Sea's These New Puritans have a punt at pop on Inside The Rose – and it’s a direct hit.

78
Pitchfork

These New Puritans have developed a sound that is at once unusually specific and unusually vague, matching music and lyrics in a mode of soft, insistent questioning that opens and opens without ever disclosing its cloistered center.

70
Loud and Quiet

While we’ve come to anticipate maverick innovation from TNP, ‘Inside The Rose’ is their most immediate and open-handed album to date.

70
Clash

It quickly emerges as their most direct and focused work yet, which at its best is immensely powerful but whose sheer force does lend itself to a certain indistinctness.

70
Drowned in Sound

Some listeners will have been craving something more alienating to sink their teeth into, but what we actually have is an appetising, confident statement of intent from a band that want us to know that they are still a force in contemporary music.

55
The 405

The duo’s latest, Inside The Rose, is equal parts evolution and regression. A lot happens over the course of 40 minutes, much of it feeling like they’re filling in spaces not because they need to be filled but because they feel iffy about how long a passage can hold the listener’s attention.

40
DIY

Getting to the end is a slog. Sometimes, maybe you can just be a bit too clever for your own good.

40
NME

There’s a gothic tint to These New Puritans’ take on pop, but like a sub-par Depeche Mode, it’s lacking in brightness or brilliance.

hzy0421
91
The opaque lyrics more like an instrument merging into the soundscape, the result is an otherworldly fantastic effort.
Plats
67
"Inside The Rose" is beautifully-produced and orchestrated and is very cohesive overall. But it also feels like a slog with its frustrating track lengths. Overall, it would’ve been a pretty good record if some of these tracks were cut down.

Fav Tracks: Infinity Vibraphones, Anti-Gravity, Where The Trees Are On Fire, Inside The Rose

Least Fav Track: Beyond Black Suns

Score:
6.7
Decent
KengojiUltamYT
68
Inside The Rose has some great production but annoying song lengths

Best Tracks: Infinity Vibraphones,Anti-Gravity,Where the Trees Are on Fire,Lost Angel,Six
Worst Track: Beyond Black Suns
PaulyZ
73
TRACK LIST:

Infinity Vibraphones (7.8)
Anti-Gravity (7.5)
Beyond Black Suns (7.0)
Inside the Rose (7.5)
Where the Trees Are on Fire (7.3)
Into the Fire (7.2)
Lost Angel / A-R-P (7.4)
Six (7.0)
usedtobe
82
Superb album. Very cohesive and sonically lush.
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Track List

  1. Infinity Vibraphones
  2. Anti-Gravity
  3. Beyond Black Suns
  4. Inside the Rose
  5. Where the Trees Are on Fire
  6. Into the Fire
  7. Lost Angel
  8. A-R-P
  9. Six
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