Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #2 / 13
User Score
Based on 120 ratings
2021 Ratings: #23
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

The Nottingham duo put COVID Britain bang to rights with stunning production, great guests, scabrous lyrics – and a steadfast refusal to offer easy answers.

100
Gigwise

This album is - dare we say it - fucking faultless. Sleaford Mods are out to save 2021 with their boisterous lyricism and hard-hitting production.

90
Louder Than War

Not a return to form as they’ve never lost it. A return to hard hitting lyrics which are backed with some comedy madness, grime, dupstep and old school punk bass that excites.

90
musicOMH

Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson’s observations are so pin sharp, albeit wrapped up in his own unique lyricism, that it’s almost a civic responsibility to listen to him.

85
Northern Transmissions

On one level, Spare Ribs displays a remarkable musical effrontery, having a go at assuaging humankind’s vulnerability; on another level, it provides commentary on the world’s present predicament, investing the mess with a frisson of urgency magnified by the presence of others in the same boat.

80
Loud and Quiet

It’s their most musical record yet, with more adventurous instrumentation, as well as the vocal features of Amyl and the Sniffers’ Amy Taylor and up-and-comer Billy Nomates, adding further excitement to what is a brilliantly by-the-book Sleaford Mods album.

80
Clash

Never before has there been a greater need for the full Sleaford Mods treatment than there is now, and the goods are delivered with crisp urgency and precision.

80
Exclaim!

Andrew Fearn's minimalistic, catchy-as-hell beats are still propping up the antics, while Jason Williamson continues to deliver his run-down, guttural ramblings like the drunken, working-class hero we all presume him to be.

80
The Line of Best Fit

What they also bring with them this time ... is a freshness, and a revitalized sound that offers them new sonic avenues to explore down the road. Spare Ribs is not only a great album, it’s an essential album to kick off 2021.

70
Rolling Stone

Spare Ribs, the Mods’ 11th LP since they formed in 2007, is a veritable a la carte menu of outrages.

40
DIY

Not one for anyone who’s not already won over by the pair’s particular charms.

MasterCrackfox
67
Sleaford Mods spend the duration of Spare Ribs flashing their teeth but never doing much to actually bite down. Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn seem to view themselves as the old guard, even though they have been around for around a decade and a half and their first proper debut came out in 2013, given the beef that they started with England contemporaries IDLES. Although the two frequent political commentary and a sound adjacent to post-punk, their words come with the same hollowness as the ... read more
avernannes
15
★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
1.5/10

A guy who sounds like a 70-year-old shouts over a super simple beat, and occasional, wonky guitar out of tune.
GersonAOTY
39
What an unpleasant experience, why is this is classified as "Must Hear Album"? The vocals presented in this project are so annoying and boring that I cannot highlight any positive points in relation to this topic, it seems that many times it is forcing an original and charismatic character but it fails to bring something sonically pleasurable, at least for me.

The production on the other hand is decent during the album, I was often wondering if it was really good or if it was really ... read more
BGL13
NR
what
Valeyard
55
Oi, come here you little wankeh, you fokin want some? You want some?
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Track List

  1. The New Brick
  2. Shortcummings
  3. Nudge It (feat. Amy Taylor)
  4. Elocution
  5. Out There
  6. Glimpses
  7. Top Room
  8. Mork n Mindy (feat. Billy Nomates)
  9. Spare Ribs
  10. All Day Ticket
  11. Thick Ear
  12. I Don't Rate You
  13. Fishcakes
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Added on: October 30, 2020