The Powers That B

Death Grips - The Powers That B
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Based on 7 reviews
2015 Ratings: #184 / 772
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Based on 771 ratings
2015 Ratings: #5
March 31, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Though radically different in execution, The Powers That B is a compelling look at the band's ability to work with sounds both minimal and monumental, while containing some of their most riveting lyrical and musical work in recent memory.

90
The Needle Drop

Death Grips finally completes an immense double album with the release of Jenny Death, assembling two very different--but satisfying--releases in the DG discography.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

That’s not a detraction of Niggas on the Moon — it doesn’t feel like less, just different — but more a comment on the relationship between form and content and praise for Jenny Death, which represents another step forward for Death Grips, a group that seems to have walked over the horizon and out of sight albums ago.

70
musicOMH

The second half, Jenny Death, is better. A lot better. It’s perched far closer to the edge of apocalypse, a pinhead upon which Death Grips seem far more at home.

70
PopMatters

The Powers That B is a collection of music explicitly without a thesis, and while that’s fine, it’s harder to place in the scheme of things.

70
Spin

Their squashed dynamics leave the dissonances in the gutter, and except for maybe “I Break Mirrors,” it’s hard to differentiate the highlights from the chaff. 

60
AllMusic

Half esoteric and half essential, The Powers That B is comprised of Niggas on the Moon, a strange, short album where guest Björk was sampled as her vocals collided with Death Grips' own MC Ride, and Jenny Death, a more traditional Death Grips LP which sounds like where they were heading, rather than just outtakes and leftovers.

Inglume
100
"it's been a pleasure, Stefan"

Well. Today’s the day. Reviewing my fav album of the 2010s.

It’s not everyday you hear someone call The Powers That B the “Album of the Decade”. That’s exactly why I’m here: to discuss Death Grips’ Magnum Opus, an 80 minute epic comprised of two polar-opposite discs that come together for the group’s most dark, depressing, haunting, disturbing, off-the-wall, violent, overwhelming and soul-crushing album ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
92
im officially a death grips stan
Pamford45
100
I've finally decided to rate the two albums together again because they've grown on me so much that I just can't help but rate both a 100, I'll still show the separate reviews for them tho:

Disc 1: respected individuals on the moon

This fucking thing needed like 6 months to fully click on me but god damn, this the best Death Grips albums of their discography and actually one of my favourite albums period. This is mind fuckingly amazing

Disc 2: Jenny Death

I fucking love the rock elements ... read more
luna128
80
am i fucking nuts or does the scratching on the fixture say "death grips"
TreyLikesBands
89
Amazing

This album is truly magnificent. Disc 1 is perfect; if this album were just that group of songs, I would yet again have another 10 in my collection. The Bjork samples are imaginative, and the use of different electronic niches is a breath of fresh air. Disc 2, Jenny Death, is good! Some songs really hit hard, while others, not so much. It does have a nice and concise sound (for both sides separately), yet when put together, this is awesome!

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: On GP, Billy Not ... read more
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Year End Lists

#2/The Needle Drop
#75/Rough Trade

Track List

Disc 1: niggas on the moon

  1. Up My Sleeves 
  2. Billy Not Really 
  3. Black Quarterback 
  4. Say Hey Kid 
  5. Have a Sad Cum BB 
  6. Fuck Me Out
  7. Voila 
  8. Big Dipper

Disc 2: jenny death

  1. I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States 
  2. Inanimate Sensation 
  3. Turned Off 
  4. Why a Bitch Gotta Lie 
  5. PSS PSS 
  6. The Powers That B 
  7. Beyond Alive 
  8. Centuries of Damn
  9. On GP 
  10. Death Grip 2.0
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