I Don't Know How But They Found Me - RAZZMATAZZ
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #97 / 793
User Score
Based on 250 ratings
2020 Ratings: #472
Liked by 10 people
October 23, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fearless / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
There are two ways to tackle iDKHOW's debut album. Sure, you can buy into 'the story' - footage of a mysterious band, gathered between 1964 and 1983 and released out of sequence - and that's all sorts of fun. It detracts from the more exciting truth at hand, though: Dallon Weekes is a master showman.
85
The Line of Best Fit
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me’s debut is a brightly lit, dance-ready time machine.
80
DIY
Fun, flamboyant, and entirely of its time.
80
Kerrang!

It may have arrived to the party fashionably late, but Razzmatazz comes at just the right time and it was well worth the wait. iDKHOW might not be changing the game exactly, but they’re packing the kind of addictive, dopamine-like qualities that’ll make you want to keep pumping coins into the slot for another hit, time and time again.

80
AllMusic

Razzmatazz is a masterful debut, one that shows promise for a pair of musicians who proudly wear their influences on their sleeves.

60
No Ripcord

Even if indebted to 80s new wave, the Salt Lake City duo aligns more with fun, bouncy electro-pop that's about 400 miles away from their home state. Of course, I'm talking about The Killers-circa Hot Fuss.

CLJesse
30
"Guys, have you listened to new wave? What if we made that then fused it with literally all of the worst elements of modern pop rock! It's genius!"
Docky
90
ITS SO DAMN FUN.

I liked this band before but it was like...*I heard a few songs and they seem fine*
And god damn this album was better than I could have imagined. It's just so damn fun, sorta reminds me of After Laughter at times. Honestly really glad he quit Panic!, this is way better than the last 3 panic albums (not to say the last 3 albums were awful or anything tho, I just think this is a lot better). I can see this becoming one of my fav albums of the year if I end up coming back to ... read more
HoodieBraden
50
I gotta admit...I can't recall another album that drops off so hard after the first track. The opener, "Leave Me Alone", is an excellent synthpop tune that won't fail to get you groovin' a bit. It serves every purpose that an opening track should; it's catchy, it has just enough depth to catch your ear, and it gets you interested enough to sit through whatever else the album has to offer. Unfortunately, this particular album does not offer much. Like I said before, the energy and ... read more
lyonswilson
100
Those of you who know me already knew I’d give this a 100. I first listened to idkhbtfm in 2017 when their first single came out, so this album was highly anticipated. I was not let down one bit. It’s fun, it’s dark yet bright, it’s well crafted, it’s everything I wanted it to be and more, it’s idkhow. Dallon Weekes has been in the music business for years on end, from The Brobecks to Panic! to now this, and his growth is very apparent. He still has that ... read more
MikeOwen
85
I was hooked on IDKHow's debut EP "1981", but also worried a little that their retro synth-rock sound would wear thin in album form. Thankfully, "RAZZMATAZZ" holds up as a consistently engaging and fun album (with a healthy dose of acerbic lyricism) whose old-fashioned formula remains effective throughout, familiar without feeling stale. Also we get "Nobody Likes the Opening Band" on streaming (yay!).
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Track List

  1. Leave Me Alone
  2. Mad IQs
  3. Nobody Likes the Opening Band
  4. New Invention
  5. From the Gallows
  6. Clusterhug
  7. Sugar Pills
  8. Kiss Goodnight
  9. Lights Go Down
  10. Need You Here
  11. Door
  12. Razzmatazz
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