The Powers That B

Death Grips - The Powers That B
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2015 Ratings: #222 / 909
User Score
2015 Ratings: #4
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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
85
"it's been a pleasure, Stefan"

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

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 ever.

I had the chance to revisit this album very recently. The day I returned to The Powers That B, I wasn’t feeling like myself. It was ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
90
im officially a death grips stan
luna128
80
am i fucking nuts or does the scratching on the fixture say "death grips"
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
_zeltrxn17
100
Stefan, use gear grind!
Stefan : *Inanimate Sensation, 0:31*

My story with this is a rollercoaster. Since I first listened to it, I never enjoyed it like TMS or BP, but it's that kind of feeling that gets to me that's like "I will like this." It felt kind of too absurd to fully embrace for me, sometimes too long. But when it clicked with me (almost a year after my first listen), bruh my ears ejaculated, and my heart crushed to the ground. It ain't much I can say, that others haven't ... 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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