Nothing But Thieves - Moral Panic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #565 / 707
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Based on 120 ratings
2020 Ratings: #672
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October 23, 2020 / Release Date
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Sony / Label
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Moral Panic sees Nothing But Thieves spread their wings even further, stretching the outer bounds of their capabilities as a band.

This is an album which, although it encompasses many feelings, never seems to fully settle on one – and therefore it’s both incredibly prescient and incredibly easy to get lost in its whirlwind wonderland of bittersweet narratives.
The Line of Best Fit

Somewhere in the combination of the album’s dramatic, heavy riffs and revealing lyrics, there’s a depth to the artistry that depicts both the political criticisms that sit at its crux, as well as the band’s trademark alt-rock sound.


Nothing But Thieves are on safe and interesting ground with Moral Panic, however. This complicated third album swerves any sense of Too Many Cooks, instead landing on fresh intrigue and unconventionalism. This is the sound of a band who understand their audience but also delight in taking risks; a band unafraid to mix it up.

The band achieve another phenomenal album which might have benefited from one or two fewer songs - but nevertheless demonstrates their dramatic range of capabilities with a spattering of radio hits.

There are some strong moments here – the guitar-driven This Feels Like The End boasts the album’s best chorus, and Impossible exudes moments of genuine passion – but ultimately, Moral Panic feels more like a sideways step than a stride forward for Nothing But Thieves.

nothing but thieves cleverly return with experimental alt-rock. the music fuses together many different genres. Conor’s impressive range (Alto and Tenor) highlights every song.

“can you afford to be an individual” may be the best song on this entire album. it begins with 20 seconds of weird electro music and Interpol/nick zinner-esque screeching guitar. then it transforms into a Queens of the Stone Age type desertpower-hardrock banger with Queens’ signature guitar style ... read more
Now, I'm not as crazy for Nothing But Thieves as I was, like, 2 years ago but I still have a soft spot for them and I'm still a somewhat a defender for "Broken Machine" (though a 9.3 is WAY too high). Despite the clean, radio-ready production hindering it somewhat, it's still a great album in my opinion. The riffs and instrumentation are superb, Connor Mason's vocals are beautiful, the choruses are consistently fantastic and they weren't afraid to take a few risks with their sound. ... read more
I've been a fan of Nothing But Thieves after stumbling across their Graveyard Whistling EP 5 or 6 years ago. I've got a signed T-shirt from when i manged to catch a live show while they were still touring in 100 person venues prior to the release of their first album. I've also bought the deluxe editions of both of their records.

Their debut was a great start, that showed off how consistent they could be tonally and in their songwriting, obviously relying on their influences, but that's fine ... read more
This album sounds pretty simple, but somehow pleasant.
some great songs but mostly mediocre and inconsistent
faves: can you afford, unperson, love song, phobia, drift away
least faves: crazy, impossible , title track, free, sun
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Track List

  1. Unperson
  2. Is Everybody Going Crazy?
  3. Moral Panic
  4. Real Love Song
  5. Phobia
  6. This Feels Like the End
  7. Free If We Want It
  8. Impossible
  9. There Was Sun
  10. Can You Afford to Be An Individual?
  11. Before We Drift Away
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Added on: June 23, 2020