Girl Band - The Talkies
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2019 Ratings: #67 / 536
User Score
Based on 181 ratings
2019 Ratings: #230
September 27, 2019 / Release Date
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Rough Trade Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The Line of Best Fit

The Talkies is a devastating and jaw-dropping record that provokes awe and anxiety in equal measure.

91
Paste

The Irish group have distilled their music into what noise rock is about at its core: waves of sound that convey emotion effectively, and lyrics that feel at once indecipherable and evocative.

90
DIY

By being almost completely unrestrained and unmoderated ‘The Talkies’ can exist in its rawest and most vital form.

90
Crack Magazine

The Talkies is an album so viscerally brilliant it stays with you long after you’ve stopped listening, the silence ringing in your ears.

90
The 405

With Kierly's mangey vocals having paired well with their untamed noise in the past, Girl Band’s latest offering ramps up their known abrasiveness to a whole new level, for a sound that is bolder and indebted to the abstract chaos that’s always dwelled deep within him and his gang.

80
The Skinny

The Talkies is a superb return, with Girl Band building upon what they know they can do but without resting on their laurels. Still experimenting, still funny, still brilliant.

80
Loud and Quiet

From the intensity of opener ‘Prolix’ to the exhale of ‘Ereignis’, there’s a clear trajectory, and while Girl Band don’t exactly find peace, they excel here in this erratic calm.

80
Clash

Measured on a scale of interest and curiosity, this album ought to score higher than just about any other record this year, and being interesting is no bad idea.

80
NME

Written entirely in one key and containing no pronouns, the Irish noise-rock band's comeback album finds them on singular, sensational form.

80
Pitchfork

On their first new album in four years, the Irish punk quartet channel pure, visceral panic through screeching sensory assaults and scrap-metal clang.

80
The Guardian

Overall this is a band that, by playing fast and loose with verse-chorus-verse, generate an addictive kind of noise.

80
AllMusic

While it may be a struggle to listen to for anyone caught unaware, it's that same struggle that makes their output so captivating as an experience.

80
Dork

For regulars at the altar of Girl Band, it's as explosive and dynamic as they've ever been.

80
Upset

A startling record, eerie and difficult at times to listen to, to say it isn't going to be for everyone is probably the only obvious thing about it.

70
Exclaim!

Having only a few minor setbacks, The Talkies is an exciting new addition to Girl Band's discography with its refinement of their sonorous experimental punk style and its ability to stay intensely enthralling, avoiding repetition.

70
Spectrum Culture

Girl Band is creating music that is at times equally assaulting and rhythmic, oozing a loose, brutish spirit; however, with so many noisy, post-punk records coming out, it doesn’t quite feel like Girl Band is doing anything that places them above a flooded market.

60
The Observer

It’s an intensely, intentionally stressful listen, the occasional victory of thumping, clanking grooves over the scraping, grating racket offering an illusion of normality before snatching it away again.

PipePanic
80
I wanna throw up after listening to this.

What is this? No, seriously, after listening to this thing, what is this? I...uh....what? Is this punishment? Is this a BDSM victory? Is this the sound of a prolapsed anus trying to kill me?

Either way I like it.

Just a heads up: if you have panic attacks easily (like me), then fair warning: this album does not give a single fuck about your feelings. This music is unequivocally disturbing, and not because of the subject matter. This is music that ... read more
Supertartory
93
This is really unsettling, but holy fuck I LOVE IT.

This album is quite a journey from start to finish, I can't really describe to you what that journey was though as well, I don't know what happened. It felt like a drug trip, but not a pleasant one, while YWGWYW is quite structured but still utterly brutal and chaotic this is that but without the structure. Each song feels so... strange and unpleasant, it prefaces this with the opening track, Prolix, which is heavy breathing in front of a ... read more
Doofy
83
These lads might be the spiritual successors to The Fall
Plats
94
"The Talkies" sounds like rocket launchers being shoved up your ears and fired at once. It sounds like a wrinkled vagina with legs chasing after you and screaming at you. This album is a lot of things and there's nothing that isn't abusive as all hell about it! The fuzzed-up, drone-y atmosphere, the eardrum-pounding production and instrumentation, the schizophrenic delivery of the vocals and the brutal lyrics that touch upon the most absurd subjects make for one of the most ... read more
DCCXX
65
The shrill noisy aesthetic of no-wave that runs just a bit too abrasive for me is refine and given a modern and well-needed update here. Vocals here are a bit hit-and-miss, but the core sound of this album is unexpectedly intriguing with the way it handles noise in refreshingly new ways. I'm not a fan of everything here, like the uninspired Couch Combover that sees the lead devolve into slurred, pointless yelling, or the echoey vocals of Aibohphobia that remind me of a lot of songs from Animal ... read more
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Track List

  1. Prolix
  2. Going Norway
  3. Shoulderblades
  4. Couch Combover
  5. Aibohphobia
  6. Salmon of Knowledge
  7. Akineton
  8. Amygdala
  9. Caveat
  10. Laggard
  11. Prefab Castle
  12. Ereignis
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Added on: June 6, 2019