Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #220 / 430
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Based on 56 ratings
2019 Ratings: #252
August 23, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Paste

Listening to Braindrops feels like watching a sped-up timeline of rising sea levels and melting glaciers set to long-lost field recordings of maximalist noise-rock from the Outback. You’re listening to a world falling apart.

80
Exclaim!

Braindrops is a tumultuous and compelling listen.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Braindrops is as cerebral and gut-level as its name implies, high-minded and high volume, a grand mess that isn’t really a mess at all.

80
Upset

Tracks may at times meander and elongate past their natural bedtime before snapping back into place with a sharp click, but any drift can always be forgiven due to the sheer depth of imagination on show.

80
DIY

For a band rooted in the Australian outback, TFS sure find ways to expand and engulf with the unexpected and the unpredictable.

80
Loud and Quiet

Holding their gaze firmly on the worst of us, TFS deliver an essential second album of strange structures, strange topics, and a lot of ferocious noise.

70
AllMusic

Tropical Fuck Storm are fast becoming a watering hole for listeners with a thirst for the weird, and on Braindrops, they have eschewed formulas to such an extent that they are now staring back through the dimensional mirror with wry smiles and killer tunes.

60
Dork

With ‘Braindrops’, Tropical Fuck Storm are showing a different side to themselves. Softer, maybe, but just as strange as ever.

60
The Guardian

Braindrops certainly isn’t easy listening, but nor is it unnecessarily difficult.

JoaoSantos
84
There's something so contagious about this band... Going back to their debut last year, we could already see a band that didn't need much time to find their sound. "A Laughing Death In Meatspace" was a raw, noisy album, filled with politically charged lyrics, very angsty vocal performances from Gareth Liddiard, great instrumentation (the guitar work on that album is amazing) and the best supporting vocals I've ever heard.

After some listens, I think this abum is slightly worse but it ... read more
Plats
88
Tropical Fuck Storm releases another raw, bonkers and politically-charged record that, while it doesn't plummet to the Earth as ferociously as "A Laughing Death In Meatspace", it delivers the same quirky instrumentation, noisy production, imaginative writing and great vocals while also going for a more slow-burning approach.

Fav Tracks: Paradise, Braindrops, Maria 63, The Happiest Guy Around, The Planet Of Straw Men, Who's My Eugene?

Least Fav Track: Desert Sands Of ... read more
ElectricMess
84
While not on the same level of mindfuckery as A Laughing Death in Meatspace, I’m pleased with the slow burn approach Gareth and the gals took on Braindrops. It’s still delightfully strange and unsettling, but the songs creep up and drain your being instead of just painting the wall with the blood from your bashed-in skull. Paradise and Happiest Guy Around aside, this is a much more subdued and atmospheric version of TFS. While it isn’t some massive shake-up it rides a nice ... read more
LilGatorade
75
If it's on par or better than the last one then they're solidified as one of the best new bands of the decade

It's finally out

Not as good as i was hoping, but still a pretty damn good record
notanalt
75
The Maelstrom Of Chaos Engulfs My Mind
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Track List

  1. Paradise
  2. The Planet of Straw Men
  3. Who’s My Eugene?
  4. The Happiest Guy Around
  5. Maria 62
  6. Braindrops
  7. Aspirin
  8. Desert Sands of Venus
  9. Maria 63
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