Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #4 / 184
User Score
Based on 429 ratings
2020 Ratings: #9
Liked by 9 people
March 13, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

This is a bold, brilliant record.

90
Clash

Their new project ‘Every Bad’ is full of the catchy songs that are overflowing with lo-fi ramshackle post-punk guitars and uplifting vocals.

90
Exclaim!

It's a thorny and ferocious record that beats emotional complexities into their most elemental form, each simple mantra or thunderous guitar containing mountains of unspoken meaning.

90
DIY

Each individual moment offers a new tone, a new feeling, but carries the distinct sound that Porridge Radio have made their own.

90
Northern Transmissions

It’s easy and accurate to call Margolin a strong songwriter and performer. But what makes Every Bad special is the way in which it all sounds so familiar, like other bands and songs, but, as your ear tries to pin things down, ultimately like nothing else.

88
Paste

Every Bad is the nuanced album that indie rock has needed for years.

85
The Line of Best Fit

There’s nothing too complex about what Porridge Radio do, but they do it very well, and Every Bad is unlikely to wear itself out soon.

84
Pitchfork

The second album from the Brighton four-piece is the sound of a band mercilessly digging into itself with a stunning, dynamic performance from singer-songwriter Dana Margolin.

80
Loud and Quiet

If it’s taken a long time to release their first ‘proper’ album then it was worth the wait.

80
The Skinny

It’s difficult not to expect the worst in 2020, but with their new album, Porridge Radio offer a soundtrack for how to carry on without letting it all get the best of you.

80
The Guardian

Every Bad is an album made by a band who are something of a contradiction: from a resolutely uncommercial background, they’ve somehow ended up making something that could be – and certainly deserves to be – big. But without losing their strangeness.

80
Spectrum Culture

Every Bad is an exhilarating listen that not only matches but exceeds the hype surrounding Porridge Radio. You’ll want to hear it over and over again.

80
The Independent

Every Bad is a relinquishing of whatever it is that keeps us from baring our souls, and an unleashing of frustration at how, like children riding a carousel, we’re all just going round in circles.

80
No Ripcord

Whether they intend to or not, their tuneful, guitar-driven songcraft practically obliterates the left-of-center indie that's softened the genre into dreamy, pillowy mush.

80
God Is in the TV

Dana Margolin is pouring every inch of herself into this.

Doublez
83
Throughout the excellent Every Day, Porridge Radio shows that their music is of an overflowing richness that has so much to offer us and is likely to keep you busy for a long time.

It's actually my first introduction with this band, which also allowed me to have a look at their first album released 4 years ago, and I can tell you that it's a very appetizing discovery. Already it's important to say that I got a lot of slaps in the face with this second album. The first one is musically with a ... read more
WhatTheFunk
79
Coronavirus Antidote

Confined to my humble apartment, I contemplate the glittering horizon of the roofs of Paris. I imagine myself under the sun, facing the sea, lying on the wonderful sand of Brighton, marvelling at the uninhibited indie pop of "Every Bad". There are albums like that that usually leave you indifferent, but which can prove to be essential in coping with life's hardest moments.

Would Porridge Radio have attracted eyes and ears a few years ago? Possibly, but Dana ... read more
Plats
91
"Every Bad" is a fantastic and surprisingly personal record. The post-punk experimentation really shines on this record with outstanding instrumentation and production with driving guitar tones. But the real highlight here is the lyrics, which are straightforward, with a knack for repetition, while also being delivered with the emotional intensity you'd expect in a Big Thief release.

Fav Tracks: Circling, Long, Sweet, Lilac, Pop Song, Don't Ask Me Twice, Born Confused, Nephews

Least ... read more
Doofy
NR
Hard to get excited when you're served up porridge amirite

Middle of the road, N/R
MasterCrackfox
85
With a mere bedroom-released debut album under their belt, Porridge Radio shift their sound into a much larger territory on Every Bad. The indie-rock act from England offer songs from a sincere place that focuses on thought-provoking lyricism and bright production.

With standout repetition in their lyrics, like the opener Born Confused chants over and over again "thank you for making me happy", the lyrical content of this album is an immediate staple of the record. The ferocity and ... read more
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Added on: January 14, 2020