Key Markets

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #283 / 925
Year End Rank: #49
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2015 Ratings: #258
Liked by 2 people
July 24, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Harbinger Sound / Label
Post-Punk, Art Punk / Genres / Website
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The record is replete with sometimes grinding, sometimes funky post-punk basslines and pared-down, insistent beats. If you’ve heard last year’s excellent ‘Divide And Exit’, or the odds’n’sods that preceded it, it’ll sound instantly familiar.
The Guardian
Anger is still their foremost energy, but there is a much richer seam of humour than they like to let on.
The Line of Best Fit

It's likely you'll have made your mind up about Sleaford Mods already, and Key Markets will do little to shift your stance. But if you're unacquainted, you need to give this a go. Having an opinion is what it's all about. Thank god for Sleaford Mods, who've got loads.

Sleaford Mods have managed to express perfectly and effortlessly, what it feels like to live in 21st century Britain and from here, they can only get bigger.
Consequence of Sound

The album doesn’t veer wildly from Austerity Dogs or Divide and Exit, but fleshes out Sleaford Mods’ sound in new ways.

The punk rock on which Williamson and Fearn grew up promised a lot of catharses that weren't actually forthcoming, so they don't even hint at those. But they've adopted its raw elements—crudity, spittle, black humor and unpretty voices—as durable tools to express discontent.
The Skinny

Maybe that tension’s the whole conceptual point, but it's not unreasonable to want a little more from Key Markets.

Drowned in Sound
The usual riff raff, in other words, with subtleties that might be lost to anyone who can’t follow Williamson’s spiraling, spitting, growling rage.
Loud and Quiet
There’s no step forward from ‘Divide and Exit’ – existing fans will be sated, but if you didn’t get it last time, you won’t this time, either.
While the production is slick, and the instrumentals are pretty grimy as you’d expect this brand of electro-punk to be, the repetitive nature of albums like this makes for an exhausting listen at times.

Standout: Face to faces
Favs: In Quiet Streets, Cunt make it up, No One’s Bothered, Tarantula Deadly Cargo
Least fav: Giddy on the Ciggies
Live Tonight [92]
No One's Bothered [99]
Bronx in a Six [85]
Silly Me [97]
C*nt Make It Up [79] (-)
Face to Faces [101]
Arabia [95]
In Quiet Streets [106]
Tarantula Deadly Cargo [93]
Rupert Trousers [91]
Giddy on the Ciggies [99]
The Blob [95]

Top 5:

5. Silly Me
4. Giddy on the Ciggies
3. No One's Bothered
2. Face to Faces
1. In Quiet Streets
Better than the previous great album in every way. Great rants, more interesting beats, even some melody. Great stuff.
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Added on: June 23, 2015