Into the Blue

The Joy Formidable - Into the Blue
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #533 / 580
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
Liked by 3 people
August 20, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hassle / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

It's just this kind of poignant Zen alchemy that the Joy Formidable returns to time and again on Into the Blue. It's a sound that demands your surrender, which you don't mind giving in to.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Space is primarily given to the meditative on The Joy Formidable’s fifth album, a dynamic achieved without sacrificing the blisteringly euphoric appeal that has ensured their longevity.

67
A.V. Club

While there are some diverse flourishes—and two songs based in deep acoustic-guitar balladry—it’s an undeniable return to early form, albeit with the clear sensibility of a band struggling to again find the magic in the formula. 

60
Upset

Heavy metal riffs and guitar histrionics abound which will please fans who love them at their loudest, but others may miss the melancholia and melodic nous that anchors their best material.

50
DIY

‘Into The Blue’ largely finds itself coasting on one level.

40
Dork

On the whole, it’s very much everything that you’ve come to expect from the trio.

FatalNoise
73
Wow, was not expecting this to be this enjoyable. I really like a lot of the sounds off of this lp, even though they're not entirely unique. tropes overdone in the alt rock genre have been given new light and sound really positive
SonicDiscovery
76
Welsh band The Joy Formidable made some waves in the early 2010’s with their impressibly huge sounding second album The Big Roar (2011) and although they have consistently continued to deliver great albums since, most review sites have moved on to different acts and that a damn shame cause their newest release Into the Blue still has plenty to like. The band’s sound might not explore too much outside their usual quiet to loud dynamic, but damn do that do it well. Just check out the ... read more
freewave
100
Rockin sound! Love it. Always happy to find a top notch album!
PaulyZ
71
TRACK LIST:

Into the Blue (7.8)
Chimes (7.3)
Sevier (7.4)
Interval (7.4)
Farrago (7.4)
Gotta Feed My Dog (6.5)
Somewhere New (6.0)
Bring It to the Front (6.3)
Back to Nothing (7.7)
Only Once (7.0)
Left Too Soon (7.4)
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspired
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Track List

  1. Into the Blue
  2. Chimes
  3. Sevier
  4. Interval
  5. Farrago
  6. Gotta Feed My Dog
  7. Somewhere New
  8. Bring It to the Front
  9. Back to Nothing
  10. Only Once
  11. Left Too Soon
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Added on: May 9, 2021