AOTY 2021
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Sticky
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #335 / 666
User Score
Based on 66 ratings
2021 Ratings: #737
Liked by 3 people
October 15, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
AWAL / Label
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Louder Than War

Carter is a clever bastard who pinched a bit of his old Gallows rawness and sprinkled it with some dayglo grit to produce a catchy as fuck album that’s full of humour, horror and hate that never haunts but hits you with ten tracks that never slow down and nail his sound to a tee.


From the prominent heavy guitar riffs, roaring belting and untamed lyricism, there’s a sense of personality within this band that’s been kept very prominent throughout, and this album finds them being pioneeringly themselves more than ever before.


An absolutely banging document of the last two years that will resonate far beyond his existing audience.


‘Sticky’ captures life in all its wonderful messiness, its ugliness and glory, and does so with an infectious sense of fun.


It's an alcohol-fuelled, violent, tireless joyride through the present day and further proof that there is no cage big enough for Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes.

The Line of Best Fit

Featuring dark and delicate themes, the band in no way stray from their classic, riotous punk-rock style.


Great records inevitably come out of shit times, and this is one of them.


Nothing remotely insipid here; rather anger as an energy and top tunes.


There is ... an element of doing things by numbers at this point from Carter & co. There’s nothing here particularly new, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


Sticky is the very definition of throwing sh*t at the wall and seeing what sticks.

Sticky - 3/5
Cupids Arrow - 3/5
Bang Bang (featuring Lynks) - 1/5
Take It To The Brink - 2/5
My Town (featuring Joe Talbot) - 3/5
Go Get A Tattoo (featuring Lynks) - 3/5
Off With His Head (featuring Cassyette) - 2/5
Cobra Queen - 3/5
Rat Race - 3/5
Original Sin (featuring Bobby Gillespie) - 3/5
Rebellious and explosive fusions of punk and garage rock (and maybe a hint of post-punk) make for Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ most wondrous moments. The bass guitar licks sound real slick and the guest features impress too, ranging from icons Joe Talbot and Bobby Gillespie to newcomers Lynks and Cassyette, whose verse on “Off With His Head” could have been a few bars longer because judging by what I heard from that verse, she sounds like someone whose music I may have ... read more
Alright, we’ve got a band from the former frontman of the UK hardcore band Gallows, and one that’s divided fans especially after the hardcore-leaning debut. From there, Frank Carter pivoted hard into a retro-tinged, vaguely prog-leaning alt-rock palette, a little more lethargic and polished but accessible with more clean singing… and unfortunately not that interesting for me. Kind of a shame because you can tell Carter has his heart in the right place with a decent amount of ... read more
Lyrically interesting and poignant, maybe (although not nearly as much as some reviewers are gushing about ?!) - but this is honestly some really turgid and forgettable stuff. Boring/paint-by-numbers song writing, uninspiring performances across the board, and some of the weakest production i’ve ever heard on a “rock” album. Nothing to enjoy in here, at all.

Were Franks creative differences with Gallows really that he just wanted to be in bands that sound like Hard-Fi? ... read more
I've never heard an album try more aggressively to be FIFA music. High energy british alt rock garage music. Slightly punk, Slightly Radio.
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Track List

  1. Sticky
  2. Cupids Arrow
  3. Bang Bang (featuring Lynks)
  4. Take It To The Brink
  5. My Town (featuring Joe Talbot)
  6. Go Get A Tattoo (featuring Lynks)
  7. Off With His Head (featuring Cassyette)
  8. Cobra Queen
  9. Rat Race
  10. Original Sin (featuring Bobby Gillespie)

Added on: July 4, 2021