AOTY 2019

The Physical World

Death From Above - The Physical World
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #231 / 845
User Score
Based on 142 ratings
2014 Ratings: #268
September 9, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Last Gang / Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

The Physical World is a secondary salvo that hits its mark with aplomb – let’s hope Death From Above’s next shot isn’t so long in loading up.

90
musicOMH

The Physical World is a tremendous, rollicking, riotous blast of an album.

90
NME

The 10-year break has obviously served DFA 1979 well. They have returned hungry and wired to shake us out of our digital comas.

85
The 405

The Physical World confirms everything we'd hoped for: DFA still know how to produce unstoppable energy, they still know how to push a bass guitar to its full capacity and they still know how to inject tonnes of fun into not just their product, but the wider spectrum of music itself

80
DIY

Time may have moved on, but Death From Above 1979 remained in constant motion with it. Two for two, flawless victory - this is still the perfect band.

80
Exclaim!

The Physical World isn't a mere re-tread. Many of these songs are far leaner than the drum and bass attack Keeler and Grainger offered on You're a Woman, I'm a Machine

80
AllMusic

It's pretty remarkable that DFA were able to come back and deliver an album with all the pummeling power of their debut, and were also able to deepen and expand their sound without losing any of its visceral impact.

80
No Ripcord

The Physical World more or less picks up where its decade old predecessor left off, which is admirable it itself.

75
A.V. Club

With The Physical World, Death From Above 1979 both embraces its dance-punk roots and transcends them.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

This album succeeds in ways You’re A Woman never could have, and for that, it requires commendation.

70
The Line of Best Fit

This is a wonderfully assured comeback record, but it’s also precisely more of the same

70
Under The Radar

They're still delivering that winning blend of dance-punk energy with classic-rock aplomb, and it still feels plenty fresh. 

70
Drowned in Sound

When they do get it right, as they frequently do on The Physical World, it does provide you with more than a simple nostalgia fix.

70
Pitchfork

The Physical World is built out of pieces of the band’s own past, but it hangs together beautifully, all sleek musculature and acrobatic riffs.

60
Rolling Stone

Returning a decade later, they're still crushing violent, angular riffs (see the hellacious "Government Trash"), but they're also writing catchier songs that bring out conventional rock influences.

58
Consequence of Sound

The Physical World plays like DFA1979 fell out of a cryogenics tube a couple years ago, blissfully ignorant that anything like Wolfmother had ever happened. The duo run down their stoner riffs with as much conviction as when they first teased fuzz tones out of a bass amp.

amygoodall
45
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regent
87
dude. this album is just a phat lot of noise and i love it. i enjoyed this so much more that i thought. the pysical is not called dance punk for nothing, it really is what it is.
i am definitely gonna go through the rest of their discography after this.
PipePanic
94
This is a tricky record. On one hand it's a rip roaring and highly entertaining rock record that captures the frenetic energy that this band can capture, with some of the performances here being jaw dropping at times. The production, bass and drum performances and vocals are spot on, with almost a shocking amount of swagger, joy and full on fun. The record is fulled to the brim with banger after banger, with the band maturing to write more interesting lyrics to On the other, this record as a ... read more
AmericaanSpirit
71
A comeback record without nearly the amount of energy or spirit its predecessor had. All flare, no fire. The few decent tracks are overshadowed by the rest of the albums attempt for the spotlight, which falls too short every time.

BEST TRACKS: White is Red, Gemini, Virgins, Always On
JayCrackers
77
I mean i guess it come be much worse being that it took nearly a decade for death from above to release their 2nd album but this album losses alot of punch and what i love most about the punk duo in their second album. It is by no means bad far from it. It just doesn't have that fire nor passionate it in which i expect from the duo which create one of my favorite punk albums. There are some glimmers here and there such as Virgins and some trakcs near the end of the record but it is mostly ... read more
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Year End Lists

#12/NME
#22/musicOMH
#34/Gigwise
#55/Pretty Much Amazing

Track List

  1. Cheap Talk
  2. Right On, Frankenstein!
  3. Virgins
  4. Always On
  5. Crystal Ball
  6. White Is Red
  7. Trainwreck 1979
  8. Nothin' Left
  9. Government Trash
  10. Gemini
  11. The Physical World
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