Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #534 / 737
User Score
Based on 223 ratings
2021 Ratings: #621
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Sputnikmusic

Deep States avoids stuffy intellectualism or political buzz words in its approximation of modern woe, and becomes an engrossing distillation of just how fucking bizarre the world is as a result.

80
Classic Rock

Even if their calculated brand of mullet-haired kitchen-sink amateurism occasionally feels like unshaven drunken shambling, TFS are consistently inventive, thrillingly unpredictable and steeped in deadpan Australian humour.

80
Kerrang!

You may well get to the end of Deep States unsure what you’ve just been subjected to; you may also discover that this is no barrier to wanting to experience it all again and again.

80
AllMusic

For those on board with the group's flagrant disregard for conventional songwriting, Deep States is willing to descend even further down the rabbit hole, with the band offering a good time despite all the twists and turns.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald
It’s a Pynchon-esque whirlpool, the band sucked into a state of apathy and mayhem – but at least they make it sound fun.
75
Beats Per Minute

With Deep States, Tropical Fuck Storm have made one of the grimmest records of the pandemic era.

60
DIY

‘Deep States’ provides, perhaps unsurprisingly, a difficult listen at times, weighed down as it is by its overwhelming lyrical bluster. 

30
The Line of Best Fit

Nothing about Deep States feels authentically trippy, authentically dark or authentically weird. Near-on every element feels both forced and misguided, be it the performances, songwriting or the production.

EraX
72

EraX recommends 2021 albums that deserve more ratings! [Part 2]

This is Deep States by Tropical Fuck Storm. The third LP from the noise rock/art punk band hailing from Melbourne, Australia. While the band's debut didn't impress me an incredible amount sonically, the lyrics on that album are worth returning to it. This album, as you can notice has dropped in points since their first album. Despite this, I actually prefer this album. While the lyrics aren't as interpretable, and the ... read more

JayCrackers
74

Although, Tropical Fuck Sotrm's 3rd studio album, Depp State, is easily their weakest so far with the record not being as focused and impactful as their debut and feeling a bit more over the place, with different sounds and the experimentation not always hitting the nail on the head, the record is still fun in its own right, with many interesting ideas keeping the noisy sound and adding a very dark undertone layer is something amazing on paper a shame that the execution isn't as strong as A ... read more

SonicDiscovery
74

Australian super-group Tropical Fuck Storm have always intrigued me through their colorful and creative looking album covers, yet still their music seems to escape me, but that now ends with their newest release Deep States. As the title suggest, a majority of these lyrics deal with characters that revolve their lives around having distrust for the government and getting rapped up in conspiracy theories and the chaotic music surrounding them matches the tone perfectly. Frontman Gareth Liddiard ... read more

PASS_THE_AUX
82

I haven't ever gotten the hype with this band. I'm glad something finally clicked with me, even if it is their worst received album to this point.

This album is all over the place in terms of both style and lyrical theme. You go from angry tracks about frustration with society and quarantine burnout, to distressing songs about completely non-fictional cults, to a beautiful ballad about someone in your life who passed away. All on the same album! The vocals are really great at portraying the ... read more

EthanW
65

This was a really strange album in many ways. The instrumentals were wonky and experimental, but I enjoyed them all. I thought that the ending track was great too, it worked well as an outro. There were also a few really good, but subtle, transitions on this project that made me happy to hear. At first, the vocals were pretty good. I like the switching between male and female voices, it was done well and added a lot to the project. Towards the end, it seems as though it was pretty much one ... read more

peelpl
81

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Added on: June 23, 2021