Holy Fuck - Congrats
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #215 / 754
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2016 Ratings: #348
May 27, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Innovative Leisure / Label
Indietronica / Genres
Your Review


Drowned in Sound

It’s good to have you back, Holy Fuck, and it’s a relief to say that the six year wait for Congrats is most definitely worth it. For all their weirdo mangled machine noise, it feels like they’ve reached a beautiful plateau - a perfect crossroads between all their disparate elements, finely tuned and full of vigour.

The Skinny
Holy Fuck are back, and they sound lean, mean and punk as... y'know, fuck.
The 405
Holy Fuck have reached the point of maturity that their natural talent always deserved: Let's just hope we don't need to wait another six years to let them loose again.

Congrats still sounds unmistakably like Holy Fuck, but their vision of weird electronic pop is much clearer here.

NOW Magazine
Six years between albums isn't usually a great move for a band, but it's worked for Holy Fuck. They might've built their reputation on kinetic live shows, but taking the time to make a proper studio album has refreshed, revitalized and tightened their special sound.

In dialling back the chaos a bit, the band have made room to let the smaller details of their dense and intricate music shine. It may have taken six years to deliver, but Congrats was worthy of the wait.

Six years down the line, with nothing in the way of an explanation as to what the devil they’ve been up to, the Canadians frankly have no right whatsoever to return with such swagger, with such self-assurance, as they have done with ‘Congrats’.

Congrats is most certainly an album given to emotional swings, it is mean and moody one moment and ridiculously blissed out the next. If not handled carefully, such sudden changes can be jarring and uncomfortable, but Holy Fuck have found a way to make everything hang together neatly.

A.V. Club

Congrats is the welcome return of a foursome of dudes that are still plenty proficient at creating crooked, cock-eyed, almost-club jams (“Acidic”) and piling on swirling effects and rhythms to a critical mass without ever sounding like they’re losing control (“Sabbatics”).

Pretty Much Amazing

all of the songs (minus one useless interlude) had at least something worth returning to as I played Congrats over and over again.

Tiny Mix Tapes

There are contrasts all over this record, and the sequencing keeps things fluid and lively between low, funky brooders (“Shivering”), mid-tempo rock (“Xed Eyes”) and dreamers like “Neon Dad”.


It’s a statement of versatility from a band whose limited success previously came from forerunning a very narrow, specialized sound.

Consequence of Sound

Though some of the album’s second half wanes into abstraction, the dramatic arc of Congrats both begins and ends with enough strength to keep it from floundering.


Congrats isn’t incoherent in its diversity, it just never seems to build on itself—the record lacks a definitive peak, and most of the individual tracks tend to just state their main idea fairly early on.

Under The Radar
Sure, they are impossible to ignore, but somehow Holy Fuck have ended up just like all the rest.
Dec 20, 2017
Worth a listen
May 31, 2016
Apart from the subtle addition of vocals which surprisingly don't sound out of place at all, Holy Fuck are keeping up with the same schtick since the beginning that even got uninteresting on their last effort. Which was 6 years ago. You'd think that they would bounce back with something at least a bit more bolder? Congrats on at least returning to the scene though.

Favourite tracks: Shivering, Neon Dad
May 29, 2016
1. Chimes Broken 0.89
2. Tom Tom 0.76
3. Shivering 0.77
4. Xed Eyes 0.80
5. Neon Dad 0.90
6. House of Glass 0.92
7. Sabbatics 0.91
8. Shimmering 0.86
9. Acidic 0.90
10. Crapture 0.93
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Track List
  1. Chimes Broken
  2. Tom Tom
  3. Shivering
  4. Xed Eyes
  5. Neon Dad
  6. House of Glass
  7. Sabbatics
  8. Shimmering
  9. Acidic
  10. Crapture
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, Novell_sx, patton, bgod

Added on: February 18, 2016