Citizen Zombie

The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #433 / 771
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2015 Ratings: #479
February 24, 2015 / Release Date
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Freaks R Us / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

The Pop Group has long been ahead of the curve, and Citizen Zombie is commensurate with its early work in both songcraft and self-aware lyricism.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Citizen Zombie is not an hour of sheer frenetic energy and political diatribes – and, for some, this might prove to be disappointing – but, in reality, The Pop Group have always been more complicated than that.

80
AllMusic
While the raw intensity of their early days could never be completely captured, it's shocking how similar to their younger selves the Pop Group sound here.
70
Drowned in Sound
We still live in violent, paranoid times, and this time round The Pop Group don’t quite reflect that. They are a band that has come into the light.
70
PopMatters

The Pop Group’s sound on Citizen Zombie is considerably bigger, but not necessarily tighter.

60
The Skinny
They must have decided they genuinely had something to offer again, just shy of 30 years after disbanding, and this uneven fourth album suggests they weren’t entirely wrong in that regard.
60
DIY
At times, it can get a bit much but the spirit of The Pop Group was always to make you slightly uncomfortable.
24
Pitchfork
So many years later, both the music and the message have lost their impact, and the Pop Group have become the ultimate zombie band: They’re back from the dead with no real purpose or direction, and they’re just stumbling around dumbly.
EMR
46
30 years later, the infamous group reunite for a warm up at the studio. Unfortunately, it seems that the energy and audacity has been reduced to a faint flame over the years. In fact, Citizen Zombie might sound disgusting and repelling at points (which has always been more of a compliment for them than anything else), but the relevance of their statements is not nearly as evident and immediate as it was in the 80s, reducing the band's reunion to a minor event at town. Ironically, the best ... read more
Feedme120
90
This album is nuts
Obese_Beast
45
Decided to listen to this after fantano gave it a 8 or 9 (can't remember which off the top of my head). While this album comes off catchier than their previous work, that's about where it ends. Overall this album is not very focused and not very hard hitting and really was disappointing considering the mild hype around this album.

Best Songs: Mad Truth
sonicblunt
78
Underrated because of a ridiculous pithfork review.
60
It's quite good, but way too overstuffed and unfocused. Echelon seems to be my favourite song off this rather average record
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. Citizen Zombie
  2. Mad Truth
  3. Nowhere Girl
  4. Shadow Child
  5. The Immaculate Deception
  6. s.o.p.h.i.a.
  7. Box 9
  8. Nations 
  9. St. Outrageous
  10. Age Of Miracles
  11. Echelon
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