White Lung - Paradise
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2016 Ratings: #260 / 877
User Score
Based on 196 ratings
2016 Ratings: #228
May 6, 2016 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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Seamlessly bringing together beauty and brutality, ‘Paradise’ is an album which proves that after four decades, punk isn’t just alive and well, but that it still has the power to take your breath away.

On Paradise, Barber-Way steps outside of her own body and the assaults it sustains, and creates a searing portrait of what it can look like to love without fear, even when that love doesn't resemble the fantasy we've been sold.

Consequence of Sound

Paradise is White Lung pushing their limits and coming out bloodied, hungry for more. It’s a record full of disease, doubt, dumpsters, and death, with the band rising above it all and reveling in their filth. Damn anyone who tries to get in their way.

A.V. Club

At its core, Paradise is another addition to a pretty flawless, decade-old White Lung canon.

Pretty Much Amazing
While this sort of economic chords and vocal/guitar/bass/drum hardcore punk rock record is easy to come by, what’s rarer is when its aggression—not necessarily just in the vocals and lyrics—comes from someplace genuine.
White Lung push themselves to every corner of the universe on ‘Paradise’, presenting a beautiful vision of 22nd Century punk in the process.
The Line of Best Fit

Paradise is another thrilling entry into White Lung’s catalogue that proves the band still has plenty of exciting new ground to crush beneath their heel.


White Lung sound both heavier and more accessible on Paradise, once again proving that there's far more to this band than meets the eye.


White Lung's fourth studio album, 2016's Paradise, is a dynamic, purposeful work by a band coming into its own. A streamlined, passionate, ball-bustingly confident album, Paradise is the perfect showcase for vocalist Mish Barber-Way's throaty, raging punk intensity, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou's propulsive rhythms, and guitarist/bassist Kenneth William's kinetic heavy metal and emo-informed fretwork.


Paradise lands closer to technical brilliance than emotional resonance, but you can feel the band reaching.


Overall ... the new direction works. It keeps the band from repeating itself and manages to remind that sometimes the most furious rock songs aren’t always about anger; they’re about honesty. 

The 405

Paradise is chock full of earworms and shredding tracks that are just begging for wild live renditions (looking at you, 'Kiss Me When I Bleed'). But one cannot help but feel as though, if White Lung had let themselves get a little messier on Paradise, it might have yielded an even more compelling result.

Drowned in Sound

Paradise is undoubtedly White Lung’s most expansive and honed material to date, showcasing an ability to channel their punk sensibilities into something of great substance that has a lasting impact, long after those 28 minutes are up.


Paradise ... wrenches open a Pandora’s box of squalling guitars and pugilistic drums.

The Skinny
Paradise is a better pop record but less immediately fun than previous offerings. Still, with Mish Way’s storytelling abilities in finer fettle than ever, and the title track’s explosive, arms-aloft romanticism delivered as the kiss-off ... there’s more than enough to ensure their journey is still worth tagging along for.
Unfortunately their laudable desire to sound like the future rather than the past seems to have backfired, leaving ‘Paradise' a crop of good ideas that wear quickly on the ears.
Loud and Quiet
There is something to be said for concision, yet, perhaps because of its brevity, ‘Paradise’ never really builds the steam to power a journey for the listener. And, when it comes down to it, punk without the humour – punk void of bile, politics or irony – is hardly punk at all.
Under The Radar

Paradise sounds contemporary in the worst way, instantly dated and likely soon forgotten by any new audience the band might find.

It has everything "Deep Fantasy" has - a simple, short, bad-ass record that you'll be head-banging to on repeat for the next few weeks - except, this time, it sound about 10x better.
Punks who can play their instruments?
There's nothing wrong with a little pop in punk.
I loved White Lung's two last albums, I really did. And they're not really my kind of band, so I thought there was something special going on with this band.

Unfortunately, the band didn't live to my expectations and this album kind of felt dead. I'm not sure if they're trying to sell out or to sound different, but this album doesn't feel right.
There are still great songs in it (like 'Hungry' and 'Vegas', but the album just seems a total mess. A Pop Rock version of a chaotic punk band - How ... read more
I'm pleasantly surprised that White Lung have continued to evolve for the better, and that's reflected by the quality of songs on Paradise. There are some real gems on this release.

Favourite song - Below
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Track List

  1. Dead Weight
  2. Narcoleptic
  3. Below
  4. Kiss Me When I Bleed
  5. Demented
  6. Sister
  7. Hungry
  8. I Beg You
  9. Vegas
  10. Paradise
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Added on: February 23, 2016