White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2015 Ratings: #34 / 771
User Score
Based on 255 ratings
2015 Ratings: #82
April 7, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Big Dada / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Young Fathers' White Men Are Black Men Too is a gargantuan, fearless record. It’s a celebration, a rebuttal, a call to action; a dance party that won’t for a single minute let you rest.

100
The Guardian
They manage the rare feat of melding pop and politics into a potent mix, and continue a tradition – begun by the likes of Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Massive Attack – of reinterpreting pop, hip-hop and soul through the filter of black British life.
90
The 405

White Men Are Black Men Too demands you get out from behind your computer screen, start a proper conversation, and then dance until the world makes a bit more sense.

90
PopMatters
They might have to destroy pop to save it, but if anyone has a vision for a great new musical world, it’s Young Fathers.
90
musicOMH
Young Fathers have ensured, once again, that they are in no danger of being boxed in or categorised by any one genre.
90
Exclaim!

None of it should coalesce, but it does. White Men Are Black Men Too is a perfect storm of influences and talent that make for an unforgettable album.

90
Drowned in Sound

Like DEAD before it, White Men… is an elusive beast. It’s more immediate, more instantly gratifying and more technically proficient, but there are also dark, difficult corners which hint at hidden terror.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Young Fathers had nothing to prove in 2015, which makes White Men Are Black Men Too such a start to finish joy to listen to. Even the tail end of the record is packed with surprises - but then again, what did you expect?

80
DIY
‘DEAD’ was a primal jolt to the system, a dose of adrenaline worthy of big gongs. But this is the next step.
80
Spin
The LP is the group’s most enjoyable, but also their most potent, all the more menacing for its unlikely grinning.
80
FasterLouder
The band’s mutated genre-morphing incorporates hip-hop, late-period IDM, R&B in its traditional sense and primitive street-drumming – and even that description doesn’t quite do justice to what it is they are doing here.
80
AllMusic

White Men Are Black Men Too suggests Young Fathers are quintessentially ahead of their time, even when their music is tight, attractive, and vital enough to be enjoyed today.

80
Clash

Mad and all-consuming, this is music for disillusioned youth with enough wry wordplay to back it up. In all its angst and menace, you can't help but feel liberated.

80
Loud and Quiet

It’s trippy and disorientating and yet always maddeningly catchy; a faded photograph of a pop album.

80
NOW Magazine

Young Fathers' alarm at being boxed in has led them to make an uncompromising, and, yes, prize-worthy pop statement.

70
NME
Young Fathers’ second record is a clattery lo-fi gospel of budget drum machines, enthusiastic xylophone, monomaniacal krautrock grooves, preacher-man testifying and a few good tunes, all wrapped up in a title that feels like a provocative statement.
70
Sputnikmusic
The album won't win many new fans, but for those already clued in it supplies a fresh batch of engaging, abstract production and, especially in the meat of "Old Rock n Roll", a few meals' worth of food for thought.
68
Pitchfork

It’s triumphant music for the hyperactive, plural city; it’s confrontational as a means to achieving communality, with no particular loyalties except to an anonymous, shifting collective of people who all want the same thing as Young Fathers—to be one thing, then the next, then the next.

58
Consequence of Sound
Every song has surprising twists and turns, sometimes resulting in euphoric triumphs out of the chaos. Those moments establish Young Fathers as a band to watch, though they’ve likely got more growth in store.
SherlockMHolmes
88
Total grower. I implore everyone to give this a well deserved chance.
Benny
86
I get a BROCKHAMPTON vibe from these dudes
FearFlour
90
Guys. You need to listen to these fucki
808thDimension
90
This album will cleanse your soul.

faves: Shame, 27, Rain Or Shine, Sirens, Old Rock n Roll, Nest, Liberated, John Doe, Dare Me, Get Started
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspiring
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Track List

  1. Still Running
  2. Shame
  3. Feasting
  4. 27
  5. Rain Or Shine
  6. Sirens
  7. Old Rock n Roll
  8. Nest
  9. Liberated
  10. John Doe
  11. Dare Me
  12. Get Started
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