Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2022 Ratings: #21 / 797
Year End Rank: #7
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2022 Ratings: #59
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
On their third album, the five-piece ambitiously broaden their style, making for a breathtaking collection that’s like nothing they’ve ever done before.
100
RIOT

Skinty Fia is Fontaines’ best work to date: its maturity is apparent from the very start, as is the band’s capability and talent.

100
Dork
With their third album, Fontaines D.C. have grappled with weightier topics, experimented with more genres, and pushed themselves further than they have in the past. What’s even more impressive is that in doing so they’ve made their best album yet.
100
DIY
It’s heavy, but never heavy-going.
100
The Line of Best Fit

Through the clashing of narrative and musical expressionism, it's a tome where murder, heartbreak, and all the souls lost between these disparate notions reside – and Skinty Fia is a rich, full-bodied third entry, with Fontaines DC proving they’re not only here to stay, but here to dominate.

100
The Arts Desk
'Mother Ireland' is hovering over and guilt-tripping the lads making these mordant songs of alienation and disaffection.
100
musicOMH
A magnificent third album which serves as the crowning point of a career that is, excitingly, still in its infancy.
90
Uncut
Fontaines D.C. maintain their strong trajectory without any dramatic deviation from the principles that have sofar worked so well.
90
Spill Magazine
A painfully honest album by a group who are concerned by what they have experienced. They are not preaching or offering answers, but they are posing the important questions.
90
Louder Than War

The third is where it all coalesces, where they take everything they’ve learned and apply it with all their new-found expertise and experience. When it works it’s a masterpiece.

90
Loud and Quiet
Fontaines D.C. have created an epic that keeps on progressing throughout, pushing way beyond their previous boundaries.
90
Gigwise

Arguably, the band’s best offering yet.

85
Under The Radar
The album fits perfectly with the mood of the times and it’s apparent that these songs were built with an honest, emotional grit.
84
Beats Per Minute

Moody, grittily philosophic, and cautiously revealing, Skinty Fia spotlights a distinct band as they pivot toward mid-career status, mining the expressive paradoxes on which longevity is built.

80
AllMusic

This is what they have always been best at ... bringing the listener into their world and showing them the darkest corners alongside the rays of light.

80
The Telegraph

What drives it forward isn’t morbidity or anger, but a search for connection. It’s this that makes it not a dirge, but an oddly bright snapshot of life’s confusions from a band capable of capturing them brilliantly.

80
Mojo

Skinty Fia — both phrase and record — might hint at a grim extinction event, but by staring down the prospect of built-in obsolescence, the loss of self, Fontaines D.C. sound full of new life.

80
The Irish Times

Skinty Fia is all about those superior responsive mechanisms and as such seems as much a final part of a trilogy as anything else.

80
PopMatters

With Skinty Fia Fontaines D.C. deliver a brooding post-punk sensual feast with a distinctly Irish flavor. Longing, alienation, and malice simmer under the surface.

80
Pitchfork

The Irish post-punk band’s most demanding and musically adventurous album is also its most open-hearted,  striking a perfect balance between tough and tender.

80
Evening Standard

If it wasn’t for Grian Chatten’s doomy vocals, this could be a different band to the one that made Dogrel.

80
The Independent

On Skinty Fia, Fontaines DC have nailed their themes of urban decay and defiant immigrant soul. They just need to find the courage to fully emerge from the chrysalis of their indie and post-punk influences.

80
The Guardian
On their third album, the Dublin alt-rockers trade in their punky full-pelt approach for measured, compelling insights.
80
Clash

By no means simple yet never overtly difficult, ‘Skinty Fia’ is a self-confessed awkward third album. A record about growth, and how subtle shifts in identity can lead to profound outcomes, it finds Fontaines D.C. moving ever outward into a realm of their own.

80
Northern Transmissions
‘Skinty Fia’ is an intense listen. One centred on authenticity and passion; rooted in the need to find and express purpose, and the quest to solidify identity.
80
Record Collector

The tensions that consume Fontaines – musically, personally, philosophically – continue to propel them forward: Skinty Fia is another triumph for this era’s most vital group.

74
Sputnikmusic

Skinty Fia won't tell you much about whether that vein of insecurity that runs below the band's surface level of confidence can fuel good art indefinitely; in its best moments, though, it may make you want to hear the band crack open that ground and let their strangest selves out completely.

71
Spectrum Culture

On Skinty Fia, Fontaines D.C. dip their toes into several different sonic pools that lie outside their typical post-punk and gothic inspired sound.

60
The Skinny

Fontaines D.C. return with Skinty Fia, a dark and moody album steeped in the history and politics of Ireland.

58
A.V. Club
The Irish band returns with a third album of post-punk that fails to elevate its Bauhaus and Joy Division-aping tendencies.
Doublez
84

Skinty Fia is an analysis of evolution and change, but this new album reflects above all the own progression of a band that climbs the ladder with talent.

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Music_Nerds
90

Starting out unmistakably Irish In ár gCroíthe go deo (Gaelic: In Our Hearts Forever) is like a Celtic vocal chant that is not only layered majestically with rich choral harmonies and arguably Grian Chatten’s most enchanting vocal to date, but it’s also masterfully arranged as it shifts and builds with clearly defined momentum and intensity with unanticipated and almost The Prodigy styled drum n’ bass breakbeats, the urgency and the emotion build in perfect ... read more

orangedroog65
99

Methinks this is their best album.

72

Great songs and mix, however I'm sometimes left wanting so much more musically

92

From 83 to 92. It´s very underrated and I think they really did something genius with this one.

96

Album of the year 2022 for me. Absolutely beautiful from front to back.

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Track List

1In ár gCroíthe go deo
5:59
86
2Big Shot
4:13
81
3How Cold Love Is
3:24
70
4Jackie Down The Line
4:01
87
5Bloomsday
4:30
77
6Roman Holiday
4:28
84
7The Couple Across The Way
3:56
70
8Skinty Fia
3:55
83
9I Love You
5:05
87
10Nabokov
5:21
83
Total Length: 44 minutes
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Added on: January 11, 2022