The Armed - Ultrapop
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #19 / 250
User Score
Based on 418 ratings
2021 Ratings: #90
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ULTRAPOP is a beautiful storm, dense, monstrous, vital, and aching to break free.

Northern Transmissions

The naked ear will identify ‘ULTRAPOP’ as a colossal, mangled mess but beneath the walls of guitar, piston-like drumming and contorted electronics, there are songs and hooks but not as you’d expect.

What’s most impressive is the way this band brings together different, disparate styles in a way that sounds seamless and natural and new, even if others have done it before.
The third album from the Detroit collective is an exceptional melding of hardcore, noise, and pop. Abstract concepts aside, the Armed makes thunderous and discordant music move with great finesse.
The Line of Best Fit
The sheer tunefulness in the songs beneath it all is actually incredibly heartwarming, and something that deserves as much attention from the adventurous indie listener as it currently gets from the rock and metal gatekeeping elite.
Spectrum Culture
The Armed are reasserting the role of the art rather than the artist, and they're having fun with it.

Ultrapop is less a record than it is an artistic statement, a defiant ​‘fuck you’ to any and all perceptions of what a heavy band should and could be.

No Ripcord

As madcap of a concept as ULTRAPOP appears to be, its musical thrust feels purposeful in its creation and curation.

Beats Per Minute
Those moments of happy sonic marriage between the ‘ultra’ and the ‘pop’ are less frequent than one would want from an album that, according to Greene, “seeks, in earnest, to create a truly new listener experience.”
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Well color me impressed. The Armed deliver a dense, noisy, post hardcore album that immerses you in a cacophonous wave of sound. Ultrapop production-wise is less akin to your average release in the genre and more to that with a hazy, drugged-out atmosphere that makes each track all that much more harrowing. On top of that, the song writing is absolutely killer featuring a banger after banger. This is definitely one that I'll be coming back from throughout the rest of the year, and I'm excited ... read more
upon reading the title and seeing the cover, one may expect this to be a nice sounding pop album. and upon hearing the first track, this expectation is somewhat confirmed. even though the bass and drums are a bit harsh, the vocals and synth are reminiscent of a beautiful art pop song. but then al futures kicks in and you realize you were dead wrong. this is a noisy and abrasive, yet beautiful post hardcore album. it also dabbles in shoegaze and noise pop at times but for the most part, post ... read more
give me a whole album with the first song here and you'll have a special gem.
Looking at the marketing for this record, I was in the camp of many that didn’t know what to expect. The brightly colored album artwork with an album title that sounds like a clothing brand makes you think this will be a pop record, but The Armed instantly brings up combative imagery and everything I know from the Sargent House label is heavy in some way and inaccessible to pop audiences. Well, after hearing the damn thing, I still don’t know what I’d describe ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ultrapop
  2. All Futures
  3. Masunaga Vapors
  4. A Life So Wonderful
  5. An Iteration
  6. Big Shell
  7. Average Death
  8. Faith in Medication
  9. Where Man Knows Want
  10. Real Folk Blues
  11. Bad Selection
  12. The Music Becomes a Skull (feat. Mark Lanegan)
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Added on: February 4, 2021