AOTY 2022

Ultrapop

The Armed - Ultrapop
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #75 / 739
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 742 ratings
2021 Ratings: #497
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

ULTRAPOP is a beautiful storm, dense, monstrous, vital, and aching to break free.

90
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.

86
Paste
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.
82
Pitchfork
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.
80
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.
80
Spectrum Culture
The Armed are reasserting the role of the art rather than the artist, and they're having fun with it.
80
Kerrang!

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.

80
No Ripcord

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

80
AllMusic

Aptly named, Ultrapop administers a constant barrage of sonic information that shows no delineation between discomfort, reassurance, pain, or pleasure.

71
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.”
pizzagrande
85

AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! im giving myself tinnitus again 💥💪✅✅🛫🍪🛴🛵😭😭✂️😭😭🤯✂️

CLJesse
86

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

BGL13
85

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

AyeItsJoey
65

well, this certainly doesnt sounds like the generic pop record I was expecting it to be

blackholefriend
89

worlds best pop album

i've listened to the armed before, i thought they made pretty good MATHCORE. but this? this is just a post-hardcore / noise rock / even NOISE POP inspired album. and surprisingly, it's fantastic. though the only true pop song here is "ULTRAPOP", every track here blends it's """""pop""""" energy well into the noise rock atmosphere, whether that be on "ALL FUTURES" with that amazing hook and chaotic, yet ... read more

Klogfan17
NR

Meh

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Added on: February 4, 2021