Undertow

Drenge - Undertow
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2015 Ratings: #135 / 771
User Score
Based on 163 ratings
2015 Ratings: #117
April 6, 2015 / Release Date
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Infectious / Label
Garage Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
The brilliance of ‘Undertow’ is in knowing just how much more Drenge can achieve. Regardless of what happens next, this will always be looked upon as a pivotal moment.
90
NME
Where ‘Drenge’ offered brutal bloodshed and casual violence, ‘Undertow’ is much more focused on sneaking malevolence.
85
The Line of Best Fit
Their second album continues the work of the first, a yardstick for the heavy guitar sound, and is in its own way as hard hitting, visceral and effortlessly brilliant.
80
musicOMH
It is not exactly polished, but there is even more purpose and depth to Drenge’s beefed up sound.
80
AllMusic

While their debut acted more as a fairly straightforward (and cleanly captured) document of Drenge's live sound, Undertow's cohesion comes from its intentionally murky tone which provides just right home for their (mostly) controlled fury.

80
The Guardian
Drenge’s boyish, deadpan disillusionment is still there – see Favourite Son, a punky snarl of a single – but it’s more refined and more focused. Finally, an album that will pull you under.
70
Drowned in Sound
The pace is relentless and compelling, but it’s also rather samey.
70
Rolling Stone
On the follow-up, singer-guitarist Eoin Loveless and his drum-crushing brother, Rory, keep nuancing their vintage alt-rock.
Aoaystheory
92
Drenge brings much needed life to the deadest of rock genres such as Garage Rock, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock and Punk Rock by blending them all together and concocting a modern day classic. Already Drenge made themselves know with their self-titled debut album but with “Undertow” they’ve reached a critical point in finding their sound and shaping the future of their music and also the future of modern day rock n’ roll. They have truly set the bar high for any ... read more
thisisabtlgrnd
NR
I'm not sure I'm seeing the appeal of this record. To me, it just sounds like basic stoner/garage rock with some pretty unimaginative songwriting. I remember digging a few tracks from their debut, but none of the songs is connecting for me on this one. I do love the artwork, though.

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rosevean
79
#2 Running Wild
#4 We Can Do What We Want
#8 The Woods
#11 Have You Forgotten My Name?
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
zaxapitsa
NR
great cover, empty inside. all too familiar. meh
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#7/Newsweek
#30/FasterLouder
#38/NME
#72/Rough Trade

MISC LISTS

/NME (First Half)

Track List

  1. Introduction
  2. Running Wild
  3. Never Awake
  4. We Can Do What We Want
  5. Favourite Son
  6. The Snake
  7. Side By Side
  8. The Woods
  9. Undertow
  10. Standing In The Cold
  11. Have You Forgotten My Name?
 
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