David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #34 / 913
Year End Rank: #17
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Based on 78 ratings
2011 Ratings: #64
June 7, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

David Comes To Life is Fucked Up’s most musically accessible album wrapped up in its most fearlessly pretentious and flat-out incomprehensible concept.

92
Beats Per Minute

David Comes To Life is a liberating album that represents a giant step forward in every genre that it tackles and incorporates.

90
Spin

It's one 
of the most overly complicated hard-rock records 
of the past ten years. It's also one of the best.

90
PopMatters

The greatest testament to David Comes to Life is how it feels like there’s more and more to it, even when you’re already on sensory overload as it is.

86
Pitchfork

David Comes to Life is absolutely worth the commitment, a convincing demonstration of what can happen when a band works without limitations.

80
Consequence of Sound

But more than any theoretical narrative or concept, this is a rock album at heart, and it certainly does rock

80
musicOMH

The hooky riffs and unforgiving pace make it a fantastic rock album in itself.

thomasny18
80
Received a few suggestions from Space Vacation (including I'm Brain, which I'm highly anticipating) and thought I'd start with this one.

Honestly, the first time I listened to it I was extremely disappointed. Like, I was going to give this a 50, 55 at best. It's almost 80 minutes long and barely any songs sounded distinct. Just some motivational instrumentals with a dude shouting over it. I didn't even realise that there was a story about this thing.

The second listen was a bit better, but ... read more
Space Vacation
90
I've been listening to a tonne of astounding music the last few weeks.

Although a 90/100 is nothing to scoff at I honestly feel like this deserves more and will likely be elevated the more I listen, despite having it on repeat the last several days.

The Other Shoe is one of my all-time favourite songs, it is THAT good.

Damian Abraham has an absurdly massive musical IQ, I have found a lot of good music because of him and he puts it on display quite heavily throughout the rewarding 77+ minute ... read more
luna128
90
Most underrated album of the decade. Other than it being about 25 minutes too long, the best content here warrants high marks.
MasterCrackfox
76
A strong album, but at a long time the album begins to drag near the end to a certain degree, but hits hard for the majority of time.

Favorite track: The Other Shoe
twwalter
86
It might seem weird at first, but it's interesting and you can't exactly leave it, and you'll be back listening. And you will grow to appreciate it.
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Track List

  1. Let Her Rest 
  2. Queen Of Hearts 
  3. Under My Nose 
  4. The Other Shoe 
  5. Turn The Season 
  6. Running On Nothing 
  7. Remember My Name 
  8. A Slanted Tone 
  9. Serve Me Right 
  10. Truth I Know 
  11. Life In Paper 
  12. Ship Of Fools 
  13. A Little Death 
  14. I Was There 
  15. Inside A Frame 
  16. The Recursive Girl 
  17. One More Night 
  18. Lights Go Up
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