DECIDE

Djo - DECIDE
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2022 Ratings: #234 / 806
User Score
2022 Rank: #123
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
The record is thrillingly artistic while maintaining an alluring accessibility that makes it hard to stop listening.
80
Under the Radar

DECIDE is a record about cycles and breaking them, about regrets and new beginnings, and finding the beauty in change. It doesn’t suggest decisiveness; it commands it.

80
DIY
It’s long been clear that the artist has the musical chops to match his acting prowess and here it’s no different.
80
The Line of Best Fit
Djo yet again proves an adaptable vehicle for such madcap energy and chameleonic shifts in style, an earnest and well-finished delve into another sphere of Keery’s artistic voice.
80
Clash
Welcome to the world of Djo. Prepare yourselves for a blast of sonic light in all its glory.
80
Northern Transmissions
Everyone, for good and bad reasons, loves a vanity project but with DJO, Joe Keery actually gives you something inspired to truly love.
80
Gigwise

Put simply, DECIDE is the mark of a multi-talented musician who’s really found his feet, and it’s possibly Keery’s most robust and consistent body of work yet.

70
Exclaim!

Keery could have gone back to the alt-rock psychedelia that already earned him plaudits; instead, he took a risk and made DECIDE — a funky, sometimes goofy sci-fi odyssey with tons of twists both sonic and emotional.

70
The Young Folks
Demonstrating both playfully self-aware lyricism along with a willingness to tinker with genre from 8-bit sounds, throwback synths, and other retro elements, the sophomore album is a clear declaration of an artist’s intent. And it’s pretty good too.
68
Pitchfork

On his second solo album, Stranger Things actor Joe Keery fights his way through the simulation with winking, off-kilter synth-pop.

Slush_Puppy
83

Everyone gangster until the quirked up white boy makes some absolute bangers.

orangedroog65
93

Most cocksure nerdy white boy since Kevin Parker. That’s not an insult.

bigbord
94

i’m probably gonna get dragged for this comparison but fuck it:
Djo’s production is what AJR thinks they sound like

ik that’s pretty insulting to Joe Keery but honestly there’s massive parallels in their music. anyways this album feels more of an album, yk? like Twenty Twenty sounds like an album too, but DECIDE has a better listening experience. it feels better blended and polished. he did good on this

breckenyoder
85

i really like this. not a very cohesive project, but doesn’t take away from the enjoyability of the songs themselves.

redacted_anon
83

Doing PR for Indiana was bad enough, but CHICAGO? My lawyers are on the phone Joe Keery

80

This album is good but takes a dip in the middle where it doesn't really know where it wants to go. The first half is so strong and is held up but the creative moves taken, especially on tracks like "Half Life," but when it ends, it sounds unfinished and inconclusive.

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Track List

1Runner
4:18
83
2Gloom
2:00
83
3Half Life
3:47
88
4Fool
1:54
80
5On and On
4:03
87
6End of Beginning
2:39
88
7I Want Your Video
2:08
81
8Climax
3:55
78
9Change
2:57
87
10Is That All It Takes
0:20
74
11Go For It
3:01
82
12Figure You Out
3:04
85
13Slither
1:50
82
Total Length: 36 minutes

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Added on: June 22, 2022