Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz
Welfare Jazz
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Chode
76
It was 2018 when Viagra Boys first saw prominence within the post-punk scene, garnering love from critics and fans alike due to their unique jazz-tinged post-punk sound. Across ‘Welfare Jazz’s’ predecessor, ‘Street Worms’, the band ridiculed many negative virtues that plague modern society such as addiction, fetishes, not having a care in the world about what the future holds for you, and materialism just to name a select few. Jumping from topic to topic one song ... read more
Doublez
74
By tackling some new ideas and developing their themes, the Viagra Boys offered us a successful and coherent second album, confirming their promises without falling into the trap. Welfare Jazz demonstrates once again the singularity of the Swedish Post Punk band.

It's finally back to school, a long awaited ringtone. Everyone in line, waiting wisely for what will be made of this new year. And yes, we all know it and it shouldn't be an exception this year, but the beginning of the year is very ... read more
Rater
71
The swedish post punk band provide a record full of ups and downs, which manages to cover a vast array of different sounds but only appears in the midst of a misleading album title, as "Welfare Jazz" shows, at most, very little jazz influence throughout its duration.

And yes, that's the main problem that occurs with the effort, amongst many others, it prepares the listener for something that doesn't even come, as with its title you'd expect some sort of jazz and punk fusion or at ... read more
MickyT
64
Despite having some excellent moments, 'Welfare Jazz' doesn't really strike me as having much in the way of anything interesting or standout, many of the ideas that the band explore on here aren't fleshed out to their full potential and much of the instrumentation meanders way too much for my liking. I'm not too keen on the vocals either since they come off like a gimmick given the country twang, and most of the songwriting isn't very interesting to me.
Scre4meh
60
This is that real HARD rock.

Ignoring my taste lacking "oh sex funni" joke, the new Viagra Boys record and their sophomore album "Wellfare Jazz" is a bumpy ride, at best.

Whilst i have never listened to their debut album from 2018, "Street Worms" , which is probably much better then this one, i thought it sounds quite nice when i first began listening to it. The beggining is just deceiving when compared to the middle of the tracklist, the project spiralling ... read more
Plats
63
Ugh... I don't like saying that this is a disappointing follow-up, but it really is. The reason why I thought "Street Worms" was so good was because of its eclecticism, its silliness, rawness, the pure DAD energy that radiated off of it. "Welfare Jazz" still has much of those charms. We still have great, energetic cuts with raw production like "Ain't Nice", "Creatures" and "Girls & Boys", which is a great successor to "Sports". ... read more
Nightwing734
69
I'm really mixed on this, I wish it was more consistent because there are some tracks that I really like but there are also tracks that just bore me to death or have bad/uninteresting mixing/production. But then again, when it clicks, it's great. Because of that, I'm not going to give it a low score.

But.. this album could've been way better if a couple of tracks were cut.

Favorite tracks: Ain't Nice, Toad, 6 Shooter, Secret Canine Agent, Creatures
Worst tracks: To the Country, Girls & ... read more
BGL13
58
honestly, i love the first track but there isn’t much i like after that
fave:aint nice
lest fave: toad
FoxInTheCity
43
Introducing the Chapter 2 of Viagra Boys: Viagra Men. Now 50% more boring!

The maturation is a very intricate, intimate concept. And it becomes even more intimate when it comes to music, – and especially to punk music. Some artists and bands try to pursue their bombastic qualities as long as they can write catchy riffs and bass grooves, others evolve the sound to match the change in their minds (and arms). And so Viagra Boys fail on both directions, producing second full-length album ... read more
MasterCrackfox
87
Greetings 2021, it's nice to see you.

Viagra Boys, the Swedish beasts of post-punk, continue to ignore genre conventions and dig deep into their grotesque world of musical mayhem. Their particular brand of grit and grime continues to impress as much as it did on their debut LP Street Worms. If that album caught your attention and suited your fancy, expect their second outing Welfare Jazz to hit that same sweet spot.

Viagra Boys do an exceptional job of staying true to form while reinventing ... read more
dearsongs
76
Pretty swaggy album. Time will tell how much I come back to this, but I'm pleasantly surprised after my first couple of spins. I'm a bit iffy on Girls & Boys and while his "country twang" doesn't bother me I don't love To the Country.

If you don't know that In Spite Of Ourselves is a cover then you need to go back to school for a while.
soundworld
85
For those of you reading that haven’t heard anything by Swedish band Viagra Boys before; I think you’re in for a helluva treat! “Welfare Jazz” was my introduction to this band, and going in completely blind I had no idea what to expect. The first thing that caught my eye was the label: YEAR0001. When I see this label, my mind automatically goes to Yung Lean, Sadboys, Drain Gang - all alternative rap artists from Sweden with a very distinct style that is pretty ... read more
marvelgaryen
70
'Welfare Jazz' is the kind of album you can expect but you can't predict. There's so much music infusion, post-punk get me excited the most. Their sound is sure as hell interesting and involving, I can also talk about the production which is the part that I have the more to say about. The record have a particular rhythm but the tracks are on their own, most instrumentals have some sort of cohesion, some others are a little messy, perhaps a little more refinement could've made them better. I dig ... read more
basrdhim
58
this isn't jazz?
currentjoyys
61
FAVORITE TRACK: Ain't Nice

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: In Spite of Ourselves

I never heard anything by Viagra Boys before this besides the single Creatures and the overall sound of this caught me by surprise. For an album called "Welfare Jazz", you're immediately thrown into a pretty hard-hitting album. Besides not getting what I originally intended on hearing, this album is a bit of a rollercoaster. Welfare Jazz has too much filler for its own good and can't find exactly what it's ... read more
21stcenturyschi
65
Viagra Boys are one of the many promising bands in the post-punk scene from last decade that appeared alongside groups like Protomartyr and Iceage. They don't sound totally alike those other bands though; they have the post-punk energy of Idles, with the scuzzy garage riffing of Oh Sees. They released a pretty nasty sounding EP last year, much different from their debut album, but that EP didn't represent a change in sound for an upcoming album, because here, Viagra Boys offer their most varied ... read more
PunkRevNow
40
VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KITf-OO6DE0

I'm getting really tired of all the music that sounds like... this. You know, the hollowed-out art punk streamlined for Spotify playlists that throws the occasional saxophone in there as if that makes them any different than the million other bands doing this exact shtick.

This band is competent, but they don't take nearly enough bold risks to justify me ever coming back to this release. These songs range from somewhat clever to ... read more
Tielur
75
What a wacky post-punk album, great way to kick off 2021!
JayCrackers
74
Viagra Boys' second studio album seems them with they're artsy post-punk infused with jazz sound continue with some great results with tracks like Ain't Nice and I Feel Alive and they are a lot of interesting sounds happening in the record but many of the tracks although i enjoyed them didn't necessary stand above it's contemporaries, however, welfare Jazz offers a coherent, noisy and energetic release which is super fun to listen to.

Track Review

Ain't Nice 8/10
Cold Play 7/10
Toad ... read more
Enneti
30
I enjoy the instrumentation on the album, but I just really dislike the vocals so much, to a point where I really can't enjoy it at all.
CrazyCrusher
67
I have never heard of Viagra Boys before, but I wanted to check it out due to lack of new albums. While "Welfare Jazz" is certainly unique, the uniqueness gets a little unbearable at points. Some positives are the good instrumentals, sometimes catchy lyricism, and great songs like "Ain't Nice", "I Feel Alive", and "Girls & Boys". The issues are, unnecessary tracks/interludes, some very rough vocals, and lots of very weird lyricism. "Welfare ... read more
Melancoholic
55
Average.
jkpyg
80
This is so much fun and something I will (and have) revisited many times. It’s such an adrenaline rush of an album and I want to go and punch someone or something. This has a broad range of themes, tones and styles and incorporates lots of genres and ideas. I love some of the vocal sampling and some of the almost metal voiceover at the end of Best in Show. This goes HARD (get it? I’m hilarious)
AndreVital
88
All I have to say at this moment is that this latest effort from Swedish band, Viagra Boys delivers on all of the potential of the early EPs and their memorable debut, "Street Worms" with one of the most creative, odd and essential 'punk' album I've heard in a very long time.

From the lead singer, Sebastian Murphy, agitated & energetic (as well as his "country" accent he employs every now & then) delivery to the incorporation of glitchy embellishments, uniquely ... read more
CadeGilbert
78
so here’s my first review of 2021.

i was delightfully surprised with this album. as much as i’ve always loved the song sports, i never really got around to checking out the rest of street worms, so i wasn’t completely sure about what i was getting myself into with this. viagra boys showcase a smooth and cohesive album with pretty interesting performances throughout. it’s strange, but a good kind of strange. the album portrays its themes of love and heartbreak very ... read more
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