Viagra Boys - Cave World
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2022 Ratings: #112 / 806
User Score
2022 Rank: #29
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH
Clever but debauched, silly but serious, this is the best album of their career thus far.
90
Gigwise

Simply put, Cave World is a brilliantly fun album and the perfect soundtrack to a world coming out of massive two year hangover. It’s a record that will surely see Viagra Boys take their growing status to fully-deserved new levels.

90
No Ripcord
The band has fully de-evolved, urging for a primal response that, more than its sneering metaphors, never feels gratuitously nihilistic. Theirs is the messy, imperfect plea we could use right about now.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Cave World, their third, is by some measure their most adventurous.

90
The Needle Drop
Everything that made V-Boys a special force in post-punk cranked up to 11.
88
Northern Transmissions

Cave World is Viagra Boys’ best album yet. Welfare Jazz felt like a conscious attempt to push their own boundaries, and thus thus, its experiments stuck out like sore thumbs.

80
Clash
‘Cave World’ sees them bounce back with another grandiose LP just a year after their last – true miracle workers.
80
The Arts Desk
Swedish retro-futurist punks fire out another tasty set of tough, goofy stompers.
80
Upset
Add in the band’s slight skewing to bouncier, boppier sounds – still with that Viagra Boys snarling crunch – and what you have is a resounding success for one of the more intriguing and enrapturing bands to do the post-punk thing.
80
Kerrang!

That all of this strangeness is carried aloft on a smorgasbord of varying musical styles makes Cave World all the more alluring.

80
Dork
On ‘Cave World’, they’ve perfectly balanced these three aspects and made their best work to date. The shareholders at Shrimptech Enterprises will be delighted.
80
Loud and Quiet

To draw an album-long metaphor for their bogus mindset that both points and laughs and their ignorance and offers some degree of oversight into how we might always have been destined to arrive at this point, well that is more than you might expect from a band like Viagra Boys at first glance.

80
Exclaim!

For a band that, on the surface, don't seem to take themselves or their music overly seriously, Cave World is thoroughly conceived and smartly realized.

80
The Skinny

Viagra Boys are still copping from the William S. Burroughs playbook when it comes to surrealism and degenerates, but there's a confidence and heft throughout Cave World that keeps it sounding fresh.

80
DIY
Akin to dipping your whole body in murky, warm sea water.
80
NME

The Swedish punks lift up the rock that is humanity to shed light on what lurks beneath.

80
AllMusic

Musically, technically, and philosophically Cave World is a world away from the band that recorded "Research Chemicals" or "Sports," and they've added some brain power without losing their strength.

76
Sputnikmusic

It’s nowhere near the band’s best tunes, but it’s dumb fun. That is what makes Cave World enjoyable though. It goes from caustically smart presented social observations to absurd, childish rants, while keeping you dancing.

75
Spectrum Culture
An absolutely dynamite record that does a remarkable job of combining heady concepts into something scuzzy-sounding, giving us a glimpse into the kaleidoscopic worlds of the modern shithead.
70
RIOT

Viagra Boys present themselves as the mocking voyeurs of our nut-job, hyper-sensitive society without much intellectual consideration alongside it.

62
Pitchfork

Satirizing the mindset of the alt-right internet troll requires more gravitas than these Swedish punks can pull off consistently. But what Cave World lacks in bite, it tends to make up for in groove.

CLJesse
87

Beats for a baby to rob you to

ASh1nyGiratina
90

Return to Monke SOTY unironically.

BradTasteMusic
79

First time listening to Viagra Boys in a full album. Cave World is an extremely witty album that feels consistent, absurd, and really fun.

It feels similar to the other stuff I have heard from them in pieces, but all put together into a clever concept. A really solid project.

Lazar
68

This album is the very definition of a mixed bag. Some songs I absolutely adore, others I find completely unlistenable. Sometime the writing and theming seems genius, other times I feel like saying nothing would be more meaningful. Some tracks leave me wanting more, others make me regret sticking around. I can fully understand why people think so highly of this album, but for me it's too inconsistent to make for a good full experience, although as I leave I will certainly be taking a few of ... read more

charlievnstne
98

this shit is just so fucking groovy and tough, it has such a good feel, i fucking love it

98

fuck

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Track List

1Baby Criminal
4:39
90
2Cave Hole
0:39
73
3Troglodyte
3:19
91
4Punk Rock Loser
3:57
84
5Creepy Crawlers
3:09
81
6The Cognitive Trade-Off Hypothesis
3:55
83
7Globe Earth
0:41
73
8Ain’t No Thief
3:59
90
9Big Boy
5:30
75
10ADD
3:37
77
11Human Error
0:29
72
12Return to Monke
6:28
91
Total Length: 40 minutes
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Added on: April 20, 2022