Desaparecidos - Payola
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2015 Ratings: #369 / 772
User Score
Based on 42 ratings
2015 Ratings: #347
June 23, 2015 / Release Date
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Epitaph / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste
Rebellion hasn’t sounded this awesome—or honest—in a long time.
83
Consequence of Sound

Few bands can return after a 13-year absence and sound vital and fresh, transforming an old-school approach into a process that sounds original. That’s precisely what Desaparecidos have done, making Payola a welcome comeback surprise.

80
Drowned in Sound

It doesn’t quite retain the piss and vinegar, lightning-in-a-bottle feel of its predecessor. But then of course it doesn’t: that album was turned out in a matter of days by much younger musicians, while this release spanned years and several recording sessions and it’s still absolutely exhilarating.

80
DIY
This is an album designed to move people, and ‘Payola’ manages to do so in so very many ways.
80
AllMusic
Politically charged punk rock can be an exhausting and overtly self-righteous affair in the wrong hands, but Oberst and company temper their outrage with unadulterated melodic might, resulting in that rare protest album that rewards both the condemners and the condemned.
80
Spin
Here’s an argument for Oberst’s second punk album: it’s loud, it’s fast, it’s good.
76
Pitchfork

Payola is fast and furious, but carefully engineered for maximum, straight-ahead velocity.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Payola is a thrillingly spirited punk record, and the sharp focus of its politics is a huge breath of fresh air at a point in time when so many rock bands seem afraid to venture into that territory even tentatively. It’s a little one-track, though.

75
A.V. Club

The anger on Payola is directed, and while that makes for a more organized message and manifesto, it also loses some of the vitality that animated Read Music/Speak Spanish.

70
NME
The pop-punk politicising does get exhausting over 14 fiercely energetic, relentlessly right-on tracks, but even after a decade as a folk star, Oberst still gives the other grown-up emo kids a run for their money.
70
American Songwriter
In the end, this isn’t an Occupy rally, it’s a rock album. And it’s not a shabby one at that.
70
Exclaim!

Payola lacks Read English/Speak Spanish's raw nerve. But at no point are Oberst's convictions in doubt.

70
No Ripcord
If this all sounds like a band whose channeling their rebellious college selves, then it actually is, as Oberst sounds completely unfazed of the fame he’s gradually acquired in the past decade.
70
PopMatters

With so much fury mixed with sugar, Payola deserves some more meat on its bones.

60
The Skinny
Not every track is gold and some are cackhanded ... but even so, this existential howl against cruelty and injustice lends itself to some admirably infectious punk rock with enjoyable delusions of new wave grandeur.
60
The Guardian

They’re not exactly pushing things forward, but for anyone who wants to take a trip back to when MTV2’s Gonzo was a must-watch, Payola will pave the way.

55
Under The Radar
Even at 44 minutes, it feels overlong, its energy too diffuse for the intended impact.
VinylHound83
84
The Left Is Right - 7/10
The Underground Man - 8/10
City on the Hill [ft. Tim Kasher] - 10/10
Golden Parachutes [ft. Laura Jane Grace] - 8/10
Radicalized - 9/10
MariKKKopa - 9/10
Te Amo Camila Vallejo - 9/10
Ralphy's Cut - 8/10
Backsell - 8/10
Slacktivist [ft. So So Glos] - 9/10
Search the Searches - 7/10
10 Steps Behind - 10/10
Von Maur Massacre - 8/10
Anonymous - 7/10

Overall Rating: 117 out of 140 = 84%
lerkenfeldt
91
This just makes me happy.
tha138
61
13 years later and grown up, they still struggle with the American punk, that despite its restrictions, it has its own nerve.
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#38/Blare
#45/Paste
#62/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. The Left Is Right
  2. The Underground Man
  3. City on the Hill [ft. Tim Kasher]
  4. Golden Parachutes [ft. Laura Jane Grace]
  5. Radicalized
  6. MariKKKopa
  7. Te Amo Camila Vallejo
  8. Ralphy's Cut
  9. Backsell
  10. Slacktivist [ft. So So Glos]
  11. Search the Searches
  12. 10 Steps Behind
  13. Von Maur Massacre
  14. Anonymous
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