The Great Dismal

Nothing - The Great Dismal
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #365 / 809
User Score
Based on 205 ratings
2020 Ratings: #336
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October 30, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Nothing's newest album The Great Dismal is so loud, it will certainly make up for all the concerts you haven't gone to this year.

85
Under The Radar
2020 just got louder and became all the better for it.
80
PopMatters

After a big lineup change, Philadelphia metal-gazers Nothing play to their strengths on their fourth album, The Great Dismal.

80
AllMusic

By adding back the metal and amping up the melodies, the result is an assured and powerful album that delivers on the promise of the group's debut without copying it.

80
DIY
On a record that outwardly calls for the end of us, there’s plenty to live for, even if it’s simply the subtle beauty of Nothing.
80
Clash

Haunting, visceral, and often beautiful 'The Great Dismal' is a record well worth checking out.

79
Beats Per Minute

The path to a classic shoegaze album is a tough hill to climb, but with their fourth record The Great Dismal, Nothing inch closer to that possibility.

75
The Line of Best Fit

The Great Dismal, which is by some measure their most succinct, streamlined effort yet, comes at an ideal time for shoegaze fans – enforced isolation seems made for music like this.

70
Pitchfork
On their fourth record, Dominick Palermo leads his dream-pop shoegaze band in a claustrophobic album about his upbringing, and how his music career has brought hope and horror in equal measure.
60
NME
The Philadelphia band's epic fifth record boasts moments of overwhelming power, but sometimes gets bogged down beneath its own colossal weight.
60
Kerrang!

Just what 2020 needed – NOTHING’s misery soaked shoegaze, inspired by staring at a photo of a black hole.

Muratka
97
"The Great Dismal" is now the perfect piece for today's shoegaze. It presents all the standards of the genre, but with modern sound and equipment.
DCCXX
65
With formidable releases such as Tired of Tomorrow, and especially Guilty of Everything, Nothing has crafted a high place for themselves as a respectable shoegaze band. Their 2018 album Dance on the Blacktop began to show some cracks in the band's formula, but was an overall decent release. However, The Great Dismal marks a different direction for Nothing, after losing bassist Nick Bassett following a series of transphobic tweets from sister band Whirr, and the unexplained departure of member ... read more
FoxInTheCity
60
The Great Dismal by modern shoegaze titans Nothing feels like a refreshing dive into the cool waters of some god-forgotten lake. Amazing proof that shoegaze is not only alive but well.

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JAZZYCHIEF
35
The tap water I drank while listening to the album was more interesting than the album itself
jragrazal
90
Sometimes great records don't have the need to create something out of nothing, or bring anything new to the table. Just doing the things right and creating something interesting or emotional, but also entertaining material is enough for me to appreciate the sonics that an artist/band proposes in their releases

With Nothing's "The Great Dismal", I feel the same way that I described before. In this case, I'm driven towards the emotion of this record. The band takes a more My Bloody ... read more
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Added on: September 11, 2020