AOTY 2020

The Glow

DMA's - The Glow
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #545 / 769
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2020 Ratings: #671
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July 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Illusive Sounds / Label
Britpop / Genres
dmasmusic.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

The Glow isn’t just another album in the band’s discography. It sounds like a coming of age, an album that is limitless in its imagination and one that defies genre limitations.

80
Q Magazine

Amid another hateful of huge choruses, this third LP, delves deeper into the deft shoegaze-y texturing of synths and guitars the trip started on 2018's For Now. As such, the DMA's' aspirations here are elite-class.

80
Clash
Stimulating, surprising and supreme, ‘The Glow’ is a remarkable outcome, a place where guitars receive as warm a reception as sequencing, drum looping and synths. This platform melds technology and beats with accuracy while allowing for alternative pop sensibilities to be enjoyed as much as being a actual means to exploration.
80
NME
A bold step forward that sees DMA’s coming into their own, it’s a two-fingered salute to anyone that sneers at the idea of trying something new. After all, as its lead single’s title affirms, life is a game of changing.
70
Uncut
DMA's showcase their ever-evolving chops as they continue to appropriate the sounds of '90s/early Y2K bands such as Oasis, Stone Roses and Doves.
70
Exclaim!

For such a specific formula, the law of diminishing returns likely looms, if it hasn't arrived already, but for now, The Glow is just enough of a good thing.

70
Gigwise

Taking their sound to a different level, The Glow is full of tracks with big attitude, big confidence and exhilaration - all rolled into one.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald
An 11-song homage to a bygone era, executed with an attention to detail that's masterfully consistent throughout.
70
musicOMH

They might have been given a helping hand with that Gallagher tour spot, but on the evidence of The Glow, DMA’s are more than ready to stand on their own feet.

70
AllMusic
In swapping out some of the Mancunian swagger, DMA's seem to have unearthed a bit of their own. They're still mockingbirds, but what once felt derivative is now inching closer to vital.
50
PopMatters

Aussie Britpoppers the DMA's enlist Stuart Price to try their hand at electropop on The Glow. It's not their best look.

TheQuebecGuy
65
DMA’S has always been a band that I enjoyed quite a lot. I absolutely love their first album and Lay Down is a fantastic song to me that I still listen to to this day. However, this album is clearly the worst piece of work they’ve put together. While not being bad, this comes up to me as a little bit boring. Pretty generic pop rock record, but I do enjoy songs like Never Before quite a lot.
jackkd8
64
This is the definition of “ok” indie/alt rock. Doesn’t seem to move far enough in any direction to offer personality, nor does it overstep itself. There’s some solid tracks to be found here, but nothing to write home about (that’s certainly an observation I’m getting tired of noticing in indie rock over and over)
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Edgeworth
80
If their's a band that are so adventurous and experimenting (I suspected some techno, hip hop and orchestral vibes) whilst keeping it punchy like their previous albums, its DMA's. Some can speculate that this method can be sugar-coated flair, but honestly I couldn't really give a damn if The Glow don't fall into pretentiousness territory.
One can say that the lyrics carry a lot of weight with such sincerity and delicacy. I think you have to credit as well Grammy-winning producer and songwriter ... read more
thegeecyproject
66
DMAs are a band that have never been shy about their love for Britpop, but unfortunately this has led the Sydney band to be compared to Oasis their whole career. It’s a comparison that, while not completely baseless, was doomed to pigeonhole DMAs as nothing more than 90’s alt-rock worshippers. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the band decided to strike out on their own on their third album, The Glow. Produced by Stuart Price (most known for his work on Madonna’s ... read more
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Track List

  1. Never Before
  2. The Glow
  3. Silver
  4. Life Is a Game of Changing
  5. Criminals
  6. Strangers
  7. Learning Alive
  8. Hello Girlfriend
  9. Appointment
  10. Round & Around
  11. Cobracaine
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