Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
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Based on 23 reviews
2019 Ratings: #5 / 771
Year End Rank: #16
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2019 Ratings: #81
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People going into ‘Dogrel’ may well be expecting punk-infused posturing on the state of society, and they certainly won’t be disappointed. But alongside this, there’s genuine heart in Fontaines D.C’s music.


The Irish troubadours come good on a debut album that offers both a storyteller’s narrative voice and a snarling new vision of youthful disillusionment.

God Is in the TV

Fontaines DC are as important as they come.

The Guardian

This is the kind of songwriting quality that bands can take years to reach, or never reach at all: brilliant, top to bottom.

The Skinny

Dogrel feels both overwhelming and tender, caustic and soothing, a blast of working class rage grown articulate while retaining its primal howl.

Fontaines DC wear their influences close to their sleeve, with nods to The Pogues, The Strokes and Joy Division, but these influences are absorbed into their identity, to create something that instantly familiar and accessible, but also thrillingly compelling.

It’s rare that a debut album from a band as heavily hyped as Fontaines D.C. have been still contains the power to excite and surprise, but ‘Dogrel’ is that record.

Loud and Quiet

In its madcap polemicist playfulness and sincerity, there’s a record that starts with all the earnestness of Bobby Gillespie pining for a hit and ends with an exquisitely territorial ballad.

Northern Transmissions

This is an album that brings the Irish city to life, as the plucky five piece take you on a journey through rain-soaked streets, violent encounters and a reassured confidence that comes from struggle.


On their debut, Fontaines DC have crafted a clear, unedited picture of who they are and what they’re made of. It’s a joy to witness.


Authentic, raw and honest, it is eclectic, original and a work of multifaceted expression.

The Line of Best Fit

Dogrel is evocative, meticulous and rich in a love for the character of Dublin, and all the little things that, past and present, contribute to that.

Under The Radar

This is the sound of vitality; of authenticity and ambition; of style, substance, and swagger all packed in to 35 minutes of vulnerable, honest pop music that is weighted with melancholy, yet buoyed by youthful vigor and touched, perhaps, by genius.


Dogrel is an album of tremendous ardor and vivid landscapes, and interspersed with an Irish underdog spirit, Fontaines D.C. are nearly untouchable.


The steely Dublin post-punk band infuse the bitterness and rage of the Fall with punch-drunk romanticism.

No Ripcord
They're smart, clueless, and ready to take the festival circuit by storm.

It's a rough-and-ready record, soaked in booze and obscured by a cloud of cigarette smoke, but through the haze lies a love letter to working-class life in the city.


Dogrel definitely delivers on the tremendous hype, after their singles have done anything but fall on deaf ears. Watch this space.

The 405

Dogrel highlights not only why they are being name-dropped by every hipster around these parts, but also the limitations that the post-punk oeuvre has in terms of stretching and challenging the audience.

I think that it is relatively unfair to wholly compare these guys to the likes of IDLES and Parquet Courts. If you are expecting something of the nature of either of those bands then you will probably be let down because FDC have a style all their own, and one that I am particularly fond of at that!

The songs on this thing were so catchy, fun and honest, and I definitely just felt like this was the band just having a good time and enjoying themselves. Songs like Sha Sha Sha and Liberty Belle ... read more
I see this growing on me, I'm quite surprised!
Edit: I got kinda bored of this album quickly but now that I relistened to it I've realized that I truly like it
An excellent debut that breathes new life to past poets and gives post punk a refreshing energy unheard from their contemporaries. Never sleep on this one.
Well, I hope to make it right this time. First, the first impression in this is the characteristic sound, is like compend of not just a place but an era, a sphere of music that resides in the UK. In a weak comparison, some parts in the production the mix of voice, guitar, and backtrack sounds like The clash, other parts remind me a little to the smiths, and there are guitars that remind me The who, is maybe a simple vision general but the point is not the references maybe nay the result and the ... read more
At the late 2010s, it seems that we are facing a golden age of Post-Punk. Fontaines D.C. offer a refreshing sound and nostalgically reminiscent of early 80s punk bands. Brilliant and frenetic. Warm at the tips, but energetic at the core. Truly fantastic.

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Added on: February 9, 2019