Uppers

TV Priest - Uppers
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #243 / 336
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2021 Ratings: #324
Liked by 6 people
February 5, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

With their wry wit and infectious hooks, this band might just be the future of music.

90
Gigwise

Chaotic hooks and poetic lyricism come hand-in-hand as the London outfit throw themselves into the industry two feet first with an album that will be sure to cause a stir and see them crowned as one of this year's best post-punk newcomers.

80
Dork

‘Uppers’ is self-produced and sounds it, but in a good way. Ragged yet tight, sprawling yet focussed, it’s a singular vision of a disparate time.

80
Northern Transmissions

The album ... is quite possibly the ideal soundtrack to our current climate. It’s harsh, overwhelming and, honestly, pretty fucking funny.

80
musicOMH
This album is testament to the group’s conviction that addressing societal injustices may demonise them, but the answer to the question is emphatically: no, we wouldn’t.
74
Beats Per Minute

Uppers provides thrills aplenty from a band making their mark during strange times as our new normal sets in, intent on seizing their second chance.

70
Pitchfork

The charged debut from the UK post-punks evolves from a band you think you’ve heard a million times before into one you feel like you’re just getting to know.

70
The Line of Best Fit

The only issue for this record is that thereafter it meanders far too much and those lyrics that you loved at the beginning you begin resenting at the end as it almost becomes a caricature of itself ... That doesn’t stop it being something great to chew on.

70
AllMusic

Hopefully time will lead TV Priest to devise a more individual musical personality, but judging from Uppers, they have more than enough talent to make them a group to watch.

60
Clash

The blistering debut is a collection of delightfully pungent tracks, delivered in all their unashamed, reckless glory.

60
NME
Their debut doesn’t expect to fix the world’s problems, but is more than happy to have a pop at it in the meantime.
60
Kerrang!

While at some points their aversion to easy melody and obvious structure hoists them by their own petard, there’s more than enough strange stuff here to quicken the pulse and capture the heart.

50
DIY

Jumping into a saturated scene or simply victims of timing, TV Priest’s debut is good but not necessarily enough to poke through the maelstrom quite yet.

leolucia
59
NOT INTERESTING

Post-punk tunes that enter one ear and leave from the other. Some odd choices as well like including the "song" titled "the ref" which is literally meaningless noise. Even the highest moments of the albums lacked the attractive punk attitude and vivid instrumentals of a solid post-punk record. I found the instrumentals to be sub-par and distracting...

Favourite tracks: Journal of plague year, Decoration, This island
Bjartolini
90
we are a week into february and i've given a 10 and 4 9s already what the fuck i love it
avernannes
48
★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆
4.8/10

There have been so many punk albums already released this year that this one gets lost in the crowd. Pretty average and undistinctive.
Orlkont
70
This is a year for post-punk.
JohnLouisHoward
60
not terrible, but mostly imitative and derivative. there is a good EP's worth of songs here that got stretched into an LP. they set the dial somewhere between Protomartyr and Idles, but lack the dynamism of either band, so that is difficult to pull off. based on how it sounds, not surprised that it is self-produced, but they badly need some editing and direction. but again, not terrible. they could be decent if they figure out who they are and not just who they can sound like.
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Added on: August 17, 2020