Algiers

Algiers - Algiers
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #295 / 836
User Score
Based on 178 ratings
2015 Ratings: #223
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June 2, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound
Really, you owe it to yourself to give this album a chance. I wouldn’t be surprised if they play Interpol off the stage this summer. I can pay this collection of songs no higher compliment than that.
80
AllMusic
All of these seemingly disparate historical musical elements are distilled in such a startling manner, they carve something new from the fragments. This is a stunning debut.
80
PopMatters
The result is something rare: a near-perfect mesh of melody and dissonance designed to lure the listener in before exposing the harsh truth.
80
The 405

While gospel and punk seem to be inherently at odds with one another, Algiers has beautifully and powerfully illustrated that they share much in common.

80
musicOMH
You’re unlikely to hear anything as powerful and focussed in 2015 as Algiers’ debut, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
80
Clash
Who knows what the future has in store for them. For now, let us celebrate this. An astonishing debut from an essential new band.
77
Pitchfork
Though they project the righteous indignation required of all great protest music, their music doesn’t so much represent a raised fist as a shoulder aching from the stress of trying to keep it aloft.
75
Under The Radar

One of the rare new acts with a truly original sound.

70
NME
‘Algiers’ is often akin to a more abrasive UNKLE album: full of lung-busting gospel vocals, drum machines and scrawly goth guitar.
60
DIY
It’s a suitably foreboding, uncomfortable listen, doom-laden choirs filling what empty space dares to exist between the pounding bass and scattered drum machine work.
95
a rating based on their performance I just watched on KEXP
LZGray
90
God, this is easily my favorite Algiers release. I want to bump it up to a 10 so bad, but I just can't bring myself to for some reason and I can't figure out why. There's something missing but it's so minimal that I can't quite pinpoint what it is. Maybe a lack of sonic focus? Even so, the sounds brought to every single song are exciting, spine-chilling, and thrilling. Franklin James Fisher is a one-of-a-kind vocalist, whose voice can occasionally be pitchy but he has the charisma and the power ... read more
zaxapitsa
54
I think we all wished it worked better than it does. imho.
MarkCooper
42
Way too much 'calculated' as compared to 'inspired.' I feel like they just made this sound because it was never made before, not because they inherently make it. In other words, I feel like they tried to fill a void in modern music. To me, it came off as some gimmicky over-theatrical mashup of bluesy croons and industrial rock. Trendy

Favorite Track: untitled
twwalter
78
The scars of segregation, slavery and oppression are still prevalent in the hometown of the Atlanta-based group. Algiers will take you in the world of subtle racism that the region still exhibits and the dissatisfaction with their neck of the woods. The context is ugly, but the journey is incredible.
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Added on: March 24, 2015