AOTY 2019
Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
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zachthesnack
98
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
MiaWatterson
80
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
usedtobe
92
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.
EdFruscley
90
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
bajafrecuencia
90
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.

Light 9
Strangelightsyd
80
The last track blows, but I enjoyed everything else. Not the most original thing I've ever heard, but still, good execution and enough ideas to keep it interesting
ACreativeName
55
post punk type beat
WhatTheFunk
79
The year 2019 will certainly be that of Fontaines D.C. which is an Irish quintet also having a say on Brexit. With their unparalleled punk spirit, get ready for a devastating storm with their debut album "Dogrel". Idles and Girl Band will have to worry because Fontaines D.C. does not joke with their incendiary and protesting punk-rock. The Dublin quintet is also inspired by Parquet Courts and Joy Division. The guitar sound hits as the distinguished and falsely phlegmatic vocals of ... read more
RakkSmells
75
It isn't the most exciting punk album I've heard this decade, I'm definitely more of an IDLES or Parquet Courts type of guy, but Dogrel's still a really solid post-punk album that I'd recommend for people into this type of sound. What brings it down a bit for me is that while the production is fantastic, the vocals just have this monotone sound which sort of bore me at points. The last track was also a really weird change of pace, going for a Celtic Punk type sound, but it's an okay track ... read more
TreyLikesBands
62
Decent

Okay, I'm really not getting the high scores everywhere... maybe it was the expectations I had for it.
I don't know, I came out of this a little underwhelmed overall, as I went into this project thinking it was going to be the best thing since sliced bread... hmph. Lots of energy, which I do enjoy, but I just found myself sitting there with a bit of boredom... odd.

Color: Grey
FAV TRACKS: Liberty Belle, Dublin City Sky, Television Screens
LEAST FAV: Too Real, Sha Sha Sha
PipePanic
87
Jesus Christ i'm late for this album. Why did everything decide to come out the day I take a week long break?

Right from the get go, I knew this thing was right up my ally. A Irish punk band being compared to Idles, one of my favorite recent post punk acts being praised for its honesty and wild instrumentation? Sounds like a grand time! And so you know I was excited to dive into this album, like a toddler at the shallow pool. But, much like the toddler at the swimming pool, I learnt that this ... read more
MusicSucks
69
Even if lacking the wow factor to put them in the same level of bands like IDLES, Protomartyr, Parquet Courts, etc, this band, Fontaines DC, managed to get a very solid release, with good performances and ok songwriting. The production is what you would expect from the genre, though it's not a strong point for me. I like the singer's voice, mainly when he says rrrrrrrrrrr in the first song.

FAV TRACKS: Big, Television Screens, Hurricane Laughter, Liberty Bell
Doofy
83
Arresting vocal delivery, canny lyrical content...but I can’t shake the impression that the compositions and musical backing are a lot less unique.

Overall a more than solid debut all the same.
KengojiUltamYT
39
Uninspired
notanalt
80
Dude I Think The Horse Is Dead....
Gyro64
50
aint feeling it, sorry critics.
dearsongs
76
With the Idles album I get the 'I want to thrash around and let it all out' feeling, when I listen to this I get more of a too-cool-for-school swagger type vibe.

Strange to me that pfork gave this an 8.0 and the idles a 6.8

I enjoy this album and all, but it loses some steam for me in the back half. Still its fun, and I really like a few songs quite a bit.
Jonathan00
88
El álbum debut de la banda irlandesa es una gran sorpresa, los miembros son jóvenes llenos de energía, que una vez muestran que para tener un disco impecable no es necesario llegar a la famosa ;profundidad; u ;tajo;, desde que toma cursor este se convierte en una sonata pujanza, todo el disco merece la pena, también he de añadir que el acento le da una autoridad tremenda, sin duda un debut excelente e imposible de ignorar.
JustSomeGuy
83
I know this is going to seem ironic considering my score, but what's with all the praise the critics are giving it? Six different critics gave it a perfect score for crying out loud! I mean, it's definitely an extremely fun album and an excellent debut, but it's far from perfect.
I feel like this is an album that I am very unlikely ever going to come back to, and if I do the score may end up going down. Yet at the same time, after my initial listen, I ended up loving most of it. Tracks like ... read more
FollowingLeader
50
I'm not understanding the hype here. The frontman sounds like he's falling asleep, which is a problem only made worse by how loudly his voice is mixed. The band is clearly very talented at their instruments, but there are only a few tracks that really make use of that fact. Some pretty good songwriting chirps up here and there, but for the most part this album lacks any real punch or emotion to it. Isn't this sort of music supposed to have... attitude?
snowman
92
WHAT. AN. ALBUM. I guess at this point this is Post-Post-Post Punk following the likes of Joy Division and Interpol, but wow. Just wow. DC manages to add a fresh take on the genre with infectious riffs, stellar guitarwork and amazing songwriting. At first, the Irish accent of the lead vocalist had me unsure but it soon grows on you. This record takes you to the streets of Dublin and transports you into the mind of a defeated yet hopeful psyche. Who knows if this could spark another punk/indie ... read more
Sappy
85
Top Favorite: Too Real
Other Favorites: Dublin City Sky, Roy's Tune, Television Screens
Least Favorite: Chequeless Reckless
21stcenturyschi
58
I don't understand why this has such a high critic score. While a couple songs has intersting riffs, most of this is the same post punk formula, which always has been my main issue with the genre. Yes, it does have a few fun tunes, but overall I find it to be nothing special, and just very uninspired. Not to mention, the vocalist is incredibly dull, and the mixing isn't great.

Favorite Tracks: "Chequeless Reckless", "Liberty Belle"

Least Favorite Tracks: "The ... read more
dumbmoonlight
75
This is the kind of album people in 2011 would shove on your face by saying it was better than [insert a popular music genre here]. It feels really wholesome, even if I don't doubt it can be weaponized. I'm saying that mostly because people from outside won't listen to this in the radio and classify it as "Post-Punk", but as "Rock", you know.
Yeah, I enjoyed it.
NervousYoungMan
85
PUNK IS VERY MUCH ALIVE.
lukassantiago3
86
"Dogrel" is a genuine work. Between the lines, the songwriting feels rich, the production is simple and accessible making the whole record a massive piece of quality in the most softest way.
Plats
89
Fontaines D.C. release what is one of the better post-punk albums of the decade with "Dogrel". It's a catchy, well-written and energetic record and I'm very curious to see where this band will go next with their Clash-esque sound.

Fav Tracks: Liberty Belle, Chequeless Reckless, Sha Sha Sha, Too Real, Hurricane Laughter, Roy's Tune

Least Fav Track: The Lotts

Score:
8.9
Exceptional
MasterCrackfox
79
A killer debut album from another upstart brit-punk band. This is very different in many ways from the debut of other acts within the same area, such as IDLES or Shame, that have recently been making waves in the scene. Fontaines D.C. have a super throwback punk sound that really revitalizes the scene in many ways and brings something fresh to the table. Although I prefer the debuts of Shame and IDLES more, those debuts were some of my favorites in years and so D.C. has some strict competition ... read more
KoleeKo
50
Uninteresting and when compared to its contemporaries- mediocre quality. Was just wishing I was listening to IDLES the whole time.
Flamingooooo
80
fantastic dubut!! They have big potencial🌸
JochuaCan
85
A proposal with a lot of identity and full of energy, with a very particular lyrical style that becomes hypnotizing, managing to stay interesting throughout the album. Instrumentally, not far behind, it has that frenetic post-punk sound accompanied with nostalgic touches. Fantastic debut album.

Una propuesta con mucha identidad y recargada de energía, con un estilo lirico muy particular que llega a ser hipnotizante, logrando mantenerse interesante durante todo el álbum. ... read more
Emme_Strt
91
Me Hipnotiza la forma en la que canta este sujeto.
Me vuelve loco la linea ´´ I love the way they treat me, but i hate the way they use her ´´
PatrickL0419
68
Though it doesn't reinvent the wheel, the Fontaines D.C. debut will certainly keep those who like their rumbling, indie punk music satisfied.
Cobis
100
energetic
laz456
75
Although this album lacks any significant wow factor for me, I do really enjoy it. An earnest and compelling post punk album that's surprisingly thorough. I still think that critic score is ridiculous but I guess it's not the worst thing to be the most critically acclaimed album of the year.
Tielur
84
I am extremely impressed by FDC and this LP. It's probably one of the better post-punk albums I've heard this decade (others seemed to ride on the coat tails a little too much), but this has a mind of its own. The songs are catchy, playful, and intriguing. This is the type of rock record that makes a statement early on and leaves us wondering how far they'll go next time around.
Paty08
76
Everything apart from the singers voice was great imo. The singers voice drags the score down.
heyizlan
92
its the type of album that grows on you over time.
PorciniCramps
76
I can’t believe this is ranked by critics as one of the BEST post punk albums OF ALL TIME.

It’s not even the best of the last 3 years.
Brutalism, Relatives in Descent, Wide Awake >>>> [...] >>>> Dogrel
Ennety
80
Very fun album, a lot of great punk rock melodies and riffs. I like the kind of old school punk rock sound they bring.
kiccass_account
84
While not deserving all the praise the critics gave to it, it's still a good record. I liked it, and maybe I'll come back to it, but some tracks were just boring and I just can't get much into Grian's vocals
Crimson00
75
Dogrel is a big refreshment to the post punk genre. This album is filled with banger after banger after banger. The one big issue I have with this album is the vocalist voice. Now I think his voice os fine but if he just switched his vocals up somehow it would make the album more enjoyable.
ColinAndrews
71
Now it's time for the segment called "Colin Catches Up On All of The Acclaimed and Horrible Albums He Missed."

Gotta be one thousand percent honest here, I don't really see the intense level of hype here. What I can say is that the lyrical prowess demonstrated by the group is magnificent, with some hard hitting social commentary that really not only jabs at the situation that they are specifically in at the current moment, but it manages to also be universally applicable in the face ... read more
MinatoArisato
65
I don't really get the hype around this project, Dogrel is alright, it's decent but nothing about this album seems remarkable to me. It's a standard punk sound that has been done before and really isn't anything new or special.

Best Tune: Roy's Tune
Worst Track: Too Real
85
I've been listening to this album for a whole day.
At first, it was only because it was the best rated album on the site; not my style.

Then, it grew on me. Too Real is on my playlist.

That album stands out because this group's personality stands out.
radiofzz
80
The debut from Irish punk outfit Fontaines D.C. breathes more fresh air into the resurgence of post-punk through a large focus on clever lyrics. Each song on the album outdid the previous and finished strongly with Liberty Belle through to Dublin City Sky. Expect more exciting things to come from this band.

Favourites: Liberty Belle, Too Real, Dublin City Sky
70
This is a great punk album, similar to Idles and parquet courts, with a great sound ... but not as great and original as idles and parquet courts.
VividAids
64
not sure what dogrel is but it sounds illegal.
notbuzzzila
88
original score: 79

FANTASTIC

EDIT: there's no original review, I just quickly gave it a score and left it alone. wasn't impressed on first listen, but holy fucking shit is this one of the best punk albums of 2019 or what?
NarrativeCoffee
67
If you come here expecting stuff like Idles or Parquet Courts works, then you'd be widely dissappointed.

If you come here expecting something great because of the praising by Critics, then you'd probably be dissappointed.

If you come here just to enjoy an ok Post-Punk album, then you are probably gonna like it.
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