No One Deserves Happiness

The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #193 / 760
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2016 Ratings: #347
March 18, 2016 / Release Date
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Thrill Jockey / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spin

The duo’s mission statement since day one has been to find new ways to express heaviness, not to transcend it, and the excellent, new ​No One Deserves Happiness​ continues the trend.

83
Consequence of Sound
Despite the misery that inspires and thrives within their suffocating work, the band shows a remarkable sense of vitality, inspiring to longtime and new fans alike.
80
AllMusic
On this album, they incorporate faster tempos and experiment with hip-hop and even disco rhythms -- seriously! -- and while that sounds like it could be a recipe for disaster, they manage to make it work.
80
Exclaim!
It's their strangest and most difficult record to date, which is saying something considering the depths that Lee Buford and Chip King have plumbed in the past.
80
musicOMH
In a weird way, The Body might just have made one of the most hopeful pop albums ever.
77
Pitchfork
In a way, The Body has always been obsessed with feelings of consuming futility, and in kicking free of conventional structures ... they've come closer than ever to their truest selves on record.
70
The 405

The existential exhaustion of an album called No One Deserves Happiness is easier to trudge through in its tightly wrapped presentation, although it suffers from a lack of contentment at its end despite the efforts of 'The Myth Arc'.

70
PopMatters
Nothing is as definite or as nihilistic as the title suggests, and it’s the shifting nature of these songs that make it an album worth exploring. There are secret little corners to find in revisiting this dark world, new shapes carved out of the claustrophobic spaces the Body creates.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s all hopeless and self-defeating, but there’s a moment-to-moment investment in fulfilling bodily expectations that’s hard to register as anything but pleasure, or even happiness.

60
Loud and Quiet
If not conventionally catchy, there’s something perversely fun about the fifth album from the Rhode Island duo. The kitchen sink approach to grim, grinding grotesquery calls to mind Swans in running clown make-up.
BuffaloStaple
75
no clue what the fuck the lyrics are, but it's nightmarish as fuck, so i'll forgive it
xdgcx
80
Chaotic, contrasting and somewhat eclectic.
MySoftBulletin
77
except for dogs
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
guileffb
20
I love the cover and the album's title...

BUT WHAT PERSON IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD LISTEN TO THIS CRAP?
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Track List

  1. Wanderings
  2. Shelter Is Illusory
  3. For You
  4. Hallow / Hollow
  5. Two Snakes
  6. Adamah
  7. Starving Deserter
  8. The Fall and the Guilt
  9. Prescience
  10. The Myth Arc
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