Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #28 / 792
Year End Rank: #26
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Based on 816 ratings
2020 Ratings: #129
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This is a bold, brilliant record.


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


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.


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

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.


With Every Bad, Porridge Radio seduce us with the vulnerability and existential confusion of Dana Margolin's deathly beautiful lyricism interweaved with alluring pop melodies.


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

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.


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.

Loud and Quiet

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

God Is in the TV

Dana Margolin is pouring every inch of herself into this.

Louder Than War

Trading off the lo-fi aesthetic of Porridge Radio’s earlier releases for a richer sound, Every Bad feels like the band’s most definitive statement yet. It’s thrilling, expressive, and full of anthems that are ready to set fire to the hearts of a new legion of fans.


Every Bad ... is upgraded in every sense: songs with deeper meanings, mountainous crescendos and choruses to communitise large crowds.

Q Magazine
There's almost too much bubbling up in their heads.
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
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
the first time I listened to this in March I knew it was my aoty, but I thought that it was gonna change. but since 2020 hasn't been that interesting of a year for music, I'm pretty sure its gonna stay as my aoty for the rest of the year. the songs on this album range from songs like "Circling" which are very beautiful, and songs like "Lilac" which build-up to the very hard-hitting depressing outro, and I still can't believe that song exists. the lyrics are very repetitive, ... read more
"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
Hard to get excited when you're served up porridge amirite

Middle of the road, N/R
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Track List

  1. Born Confused
  2. Sweet
  3. Don't Ask Me Twice
  4. Long
  5. Nephews
  6. Pop Song
  7. Give/Take
  8. Lilac
  9. Circling
  10. (Something)
  11. Homecoming Song
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Added on: January 14, 2020