No Joy - Motherhood
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #89 / 669
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2020 Ratings: #668
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August 21, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Noise Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

A blisteringly progressive record - one that genuinely feels years ahead of its time.


An album that is nearly impossible to pin down from one moment—let alone song—to the next, as if to defy anyone who would dare attempt to define Motherhood as just one thing.

Spectrum Culture

After a five year odyssey exploring electronic and experimentation, No Joy return to form having learned a thing or two.


White-Gluz controls her songs with a steady hand and a crystalline vision on Motherhood, and takes No Joy's always-restless creative spark to unimaginable new places.


With shades of post-rock, '90s techno, dance pop and more, it's impressive how organic a lot of No Joy's genre-bending feels. Motherhood's expansive sound palette is easily one of its biggest strengths.


On their fearlessly creative, beat-heavy new record, the Montreal band spikes their dream pop with trip-hop, nu-metal, and other ’90s signifiers.

Beats Per Minute

If you’re willing to stick with it ... you’ll be rewarded with many sonic gems – and some thought-provoking ideas thematically.

Baby goat wasn't ready for the most maximal music experience of the year.

Are you ready?
Shoegaze sound here is mostly monotonous: but at the same time, it is not particularly repulsive.
And I thought Poppy was releasing best-sounding musical hodgepodge of the year...

Motherhood mixes shoegaze, noise pop, nu-metal, electropop, disco, trip-hop whilst maintaining amazing flow throughout the whole thing. Probably somebody is going to be annoyed by the vocal effects and monotony of mellow parts, but changes of style were able to keep me entertained until the very end. After all – it's a creative and funny shoegaze album in 2020. And it's all that matters.
i wanted to like this album more than i did, especially since i loved their 2015 album more faithful (and that i'm biased towards goats!!!), but i don't think it's as great as i wanted it to be. don't get me wrong, i still think it's a good album, but its sound is a lot more muddled and messy than what i like, and even if a lot of the songs at their cores are great ("dream rats," "nothing will hurt," "ageless," and "why mothers die" are all amazing), some ... read more
Ever since the late 80’s as underground genres like dream pop and shoegaze started becoming more of a things, bands would adopt certain elements of those sounds to create something more of their own and although the boom for both those scenes has long died out, there are still many current bands still taking from those influences today. Canadian band No Joy happens to be one of those acts keeping those sounds alive and although every one of their releases have had their own identity, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Birthmark
  2. Dream Rats (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
  3. Nothing Will Hurt
  4. Four
  5. Ageless
  6. Why Mothers Die
  7. Happy Bleeding
  8. Signal Lights
  9. Fish
  10. Primal Curse
  11. Kidder
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Added on: June 21, 2020