Idles - Ultra Mono
Ultra Mono
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MasterCrackfox
94
Love them or hate them, IDLES has quickly become one of the most essential bands in modern times. The group have an insanely dedicated fan base in the AF Gang and can pretty easily pack one of their raucous and chaotic live shows, but they are most certainly not without their detractors either. Whether that be listeners claiming their lyrics are too direct or ridiculous, their sound isn't versatile, or even other artists like Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods claiming the group are ... read more
PipePanic
98
“I'll be your hammer
I'll be your nail
I'll be the house that allows you to fail” - Joe Talbot, 2020

At the best of times, the world is a dark, bleak place that seems to trade compassion and earnestness for cynicism and deceit. Happiness, when one can find it, is something that not many people tend to achieve long term, as sad as it may seem. “The world is a vicious place” is a term i’ve heard all my life, and frankly it's a phrase that scares me half to death. ... read more
DarthSenate66
60
Quickest way to sum up this album is that it’s Joy as an Act of Resistance but worse in every way. Still a decent release though.
Plats
93
Listening to IDLES is the musical equivalent to walking down to the street and getting jumped on by a bunch of burly English men with handlebar mustaches (even on their dicks). They stop kicking you on the ground for what feels like an eternity until the gang leader gives you a 20 dollar bill for the local ice cream parlor. After a final kick to the shins, they leave and you wonder what the fuck happened. You don’t really like the fact that they beat the ever living piss out of you just ... read more
Rater
81
It's a really entertaining and amusing album filled with grimy, in-your-face bangers. From front the back, on "Ultra Mono", the band's vocalists is giving his absolute best, sounding as energetic on every track as he possibly can. His voice often sounds really powerful, he's extremely eager to incorporate political tendencies into his song writing and tries to come off as comedic seldomly. I would like to see him experiment and lean more towards more lenient and minimalistic song ... read more
Doofy
NR
You can hear that Joe Talbot is throwing more and more into each subsequent release but with the music supporting him stuck in a holding pattern the 'Law of Diminishing Returns' has well and truly clicked in.

"I see a lot of gammon in the village...only one thing to do in the village, just say toodle-do to the village....toodle-fucking-do"

When such easy target 'open goal' sentiments are matched to a tune Noddy and his pal Big Ears would have found embarrassing things can all come ... read more
JacksonLerner
84
‘Ultra Mono’ is a strongly confident statement, a recognition of IDLES’ rise to primacy.

stiff barking with shot rapping and edgy, uncompromising, energy; “kill them with kindness” slithers and writhes with pure UK rage.

it’s a car crash of an album; the singing is excellent. the screaming is toned down to an appropriate level. a savagely encouraging record which madly helps during the turmoil of 2020.

this is simultaneously sedated and rushing, and ... read more
N0stalgia
83
2020 MUST HEAR ALBUM #37

On 'Ultra Mono', Idles yet again prove why they're one of the most important bands around and continue to prove the same thing Rage Against the Machine did back in the 90s: just because the music is angry, loud and intense, doesn't mean it can't represent progressive values. Anyways, I can go on for paragraphs and paragraphs about how much I love Joe Talbot and company but that's besides the point.

How this here new album is honestly not a deviation from business as ... read more
TreyLikesBands
85
Modern Chopin (or, Fantasie Impromptu)

A furosity further unseen from fervent feelings, a jumble in the jungle filled with jeers in jail, the violent village in which we all vilify veal. What does any of this mean? Well, I’m really not too sure. These are feelings that come from my listening of the new IDLES record “Ultra Mono”, the album that just proves their consistency to the closest degree.

It’s by far their most energetic, it’s by far their most potent, ... read more
Beeyyaahh
90
What else can I say? IDLES don't miss.

IDLES, once again, manage to pull out all the stops to make an entire barn-burner of an album. Joe Talbot and co. sound as angry and loud as ever, and as always, they've got some things to say along with it.

Immediately from the singles and the album title, there was a definite theme going into this album. Grounds was this incredible, hulking single with Joe, a LITTLE more angry than usual, screaming some pretty plain one-liners:

"I AM ... read more
Dombot
92
So Ultra Mono was my most anticipated album of this year, hands down. Idles is a band I've been following for a short period, but ever since I heard Joy As An Act Of Resistance a few months back I was instantly hooked and they became one of my favorite bands just like that. It was love at first listen, and I still listen to it on the regular. When Grounds came out, I was ecstatic. It's still one of my favorite songs of the year, and while I was really lukewarm on Mr Motivator and A Hymn, ... read more
Jaronmeister
49
Nah, man. Far too gimmicky and overbearing. In trying to break down that border between harsh punk and "haha funny", they skirt far too close to the latter. It's pretty much PC music, but "LOoK hOw gOod mY gUitAr gOes pLOinG :-))"... not the best look. It's genuinely hard for me to take this remotely seriously, as opposed to their earlier material. I can't even tell if they're trying to make the instrumentation so incredibly fucking ridiculous and cheesy on purpose, which is ... read more
JAZZYCHIEF
86
“Like Kathleen Hanna with bear claws grabbing Trump by the pussy”

Edit: 88 (original 90)

Edit : 86 😳 (original 90)
EnigmaticSnob
60
Pros: Hard-hitting, Energetic and Mighty; IDLES comes out with a powerhouse of an album in it's rhythmic and gutsy tones and scale, every moment is a rageful fist to the ears declaring it's stance and it won't give you a second to breath; Probably their most thrilling and intense album yet, I've felt they've furthered their sounds here with the political messages still being apparent and in your face as always, it's relentless and engaging on all fronts and it shows IDLES improving as a band ... read more
elitimesfour
80
Look, it's new idles, what else can I say? shit BUMPs

Do you hear that thunder?
THAT'S THE SOUND OF STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
MickyT
88
"DO YOU HEAR THAT THUNDER?,
THAT'S THE SOUND OF STRENGTH IN NUMBERS"

Idles once again prove to me that they're an essential band in the modern punk sphere on 'Ultra Mono' and they do that by beating the living shit out of me relentlessly for 42 minutes. Ultra Mono sees Idles go harder than they ever did before, with even more loud and punchy production, they're signature progressive political lyrics, some of which is probably the most potent that Idles have presented us with and JOE ... read more
CallingIconicAl
80
wow album really make album of the music that make me feeling like the entity of man on cover with ball face
Pickle
66
Idles’ follow up to the critically lauded Joy as an Act of Resistance is the same noisy, politically charged and energetic punk idles has been known for. Love them or hate them, idles is one of the most important bands in the last decade. In Ultra Mono, it continues to prove their importance to the rock genre.
According to their bandcamp page, Ultra Mono is sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip hop record, with production contributions from Kenny Beats. The hip hop ... read more
weedjesus
96
Holy Fucking Shit.

this album is just insanely powerful, lyrically, musically, and aesthetically. the message is very striking at first, however as time went on i was more encapsulated in the sound of the album than anything. the raw power and emotion this conveys is just simply mind-blowing.

i wont go too deep into the political side of this project, but in the current climate of media it feels really nice to hear something that has the balls to speak about what it believes in an unfiltered ... read more
Mixtape
84
Well that got the blood pumping.
This album is non stop right from the start! I can’t think of one moment where the energy faded, the performances were wild and dynamic and the music is probably the best punk of the year so far. To shout out a song real quick while it’s not my personal fav the song Anxiety was sooooo cool i love the overlap it sounded like two similar songs being play at the same time it reminded me of how uncomfortable i felt watched Uncut Gems.
fucking send ... read more
zachthesnack
82
These guys don’t miss!

There’s a reason they’re one of my favorite acts in music right now
daFigz
75
@JohnLouisHoward rated this album a score of 100. The album cover exemplifies how I reacted to his most generous award. Mind you, I really like this album. The Idles achieve something of a universal scream on this visceral gem of a record. With the world watching the US, it's nice to have a record like Ultra Mono to lower the angst level so many of the US feel nowadays. In realizing that a coup is brewing I think it's high time to wake the eff up because it's only going to get more real in the ... read more
Supertartory
89
Idles are a powerhouse of a band, releasing two albums in the span of a year and both of them being outstanding, there was a lot of hype leading up to the release of Ultra Mono, high hopes, would this live up to the hype? Would it be as good as their previous releases?
We shouldn’t have doubted, Idles never miss.

Ultra Mono is more of what Idles do best, hard hitting, politically charged British punk, and it goes oh so hard. I’ve been a fan of Idles since they released their ... read more
21stcenturyschi
84
There's been this new wave of post-punk bands during the last few years, that have been quite promising, especially when the genre truly could use some new voices, notably Protomartyr, The Murder Capital, and Girl Band being some of my favorites, others include Fontaines D.C. and Algiers. Those are just a select handful, and despite the number of these groups floating around, none have been quite as great as UK's Idles in my opinion. Brutalism and Joy as an Act of Resistance both flawlessly ... read more
dearsongs
74
Its hard to make effective overtly leftist political music, especially an entire album of it (not to mention trying to deal with streaming platforms that have literally millions of songs at your fingertips and the modern consumers gnat like attention span). There are a few examples of "political" albums that have been successful, but far more examples of missteps/duds. I would also contend that "political" bands are held to a different standard to other bands, perhaps by ... read more
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