The Murder Capital - Gigi's Recovery
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Based on 23 reviews
2023 Ratings: #61 / 757
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2023 Rank: #265
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The Observer

At their best, which is often on Gigi’s Recovery, the Murder Capital combine muscular drama and skeletal grace with a confidence that Radiohead would be proud of.

No Ripcord
The conceptual narrative of the Murder Capital moving forward may seem like a tired trope, but it's also their truth, and when backed with songs this good, it justifies their wanting to document their growth as musicians.
The Line of Best Fit

To combine so many seemingly disparate elements into one cohesive whole is impressive, but to do so having successfully navigated the pitfalls of hype, and of endless comparison, is tantamount to excellence. Gigi's Recovery is an excellent record, and The Murder Capital have laid the first real claim to Album of the Year.

Loud and Quiet
There are nods to Tears from Fears, winks to The Strokes, nudges to Pixies, and waves to Interpol, but above all, there is the discovery of an ideal sound, one that works magically between the four group members and gives back that magic to the listener’s ear.
God Is in the TV

It is dark, heavy and regal; an oscillating multifaceted album that has the depth of experience and multi-textured riffs and lyrics awash with futuristic electric loops and dark ethereal allusions.


Gigi’s Recovery is an immersive and cathartic album, euphoric and desolate in equal measure and a perfect soundtrack to the hope and sadness keenly felt at this time of year. Superb.

Under the Radar

The Murder Capital are driving forward bringing their own flavor of youth and urban, Irish grit to this record. Gigi’s Recovery at times feels eerie and unsettling yet consistently and completely alluring.

Beats Per Minute
The material here stands apart from its influences and showcases both maturity and the ‘wild abandon’ necessary to stand the test of time – the sort of vigor that makes The Rakes’ albums still exciting almost 20 years later.
On the follow-up to When I Have Fears, the pitfalls, the purity and the piousness of recovery make the case that to survive, we have to grow.
Distorted Sound
Complete focus is needed, with the risk of a few songs dropping off, but when attention is paid to each part of each song, it’s easy to see the beauty in each one. While it’s definitely a different direction, THE MURDER CAPITAL have proven once again they cannot be underestimated.

The sheer growth shown by The Murder Capital is impressive: Gigi’s Recovery is a beautifully paced and musically adept record created by a band unlocking brand new levels of artistry. The Murder Capital has shaken off their post-punk shackles with style, and the freedom has enabled them to scale new heights.

The Irish Times
A gloomy atmosphere pervades the Irish post-punk band’s second album.
Record Collector

Irish post-punk crew make a startling leap forward with epic second.

‘Gigi’s Recovery’ is a stunningly beautiful and deeply personal album, a testament to The Murder Capital’s commitment to pushing their sound forward while staying true to themselves.
The extra time afforded to ‘Gigi’s Recovery’ makes for an album that stretches and evolves the Irish band into something gloriously new.

Gigi's Recovery fully achieves TMC's transformative purpose, its lyrics of unflinching self-scrutiny leading to side two's exhilarating Only Good Things and the thrillingly airborne climactic title track.

While this Dublin quintet's latest stops short of total reinvention, the changes are marked - John Congleton brings the darkly spangled, alt.rock power, and textured synths do a lot of the melodic lifting.
This album will be enough to get The Murder Capital out of their more famous compatriots’ shadow and earn themselves a deserved place in the limelight of a resurgent post-punk scene.
While some might mourn the loss of their one-time raucousness, ‘Gigi’s Recovery’ shows that their momentum swings only forwards.
The Dublin band soar with an uncompromising second album loaded with heart and ideas.
Northern Transmissions
In some ways it is minimalistic, though each song is chock full of dynamic, compelling instrumentation. It is music to soundtrack our existential crises.
The Telegraph
Doors are left wide open for subsequent reinventions but for now, the five-piece are comfortable sticking close-by what they know.

Modern post-punk with steady musical progress from Dublin, The Murder Capital are moving the genre forward.
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So, this is the first genuinely great album this year. Sure, the Sematary project is excellent, but there's more ironic enjoyment there, while this is a serious, cohesive and downright beautiful LP. James McGovern's voice is not a voice we usually call great, but it fits perfectly with the production and the atmosphere they are creating here. As I previously mentioned, it's a cohesive project and while it maintains a specific sound throughout the album, it still provides you with great variety. ... read more


At least let me do a couple things with my life before you murder me

This is the first album of the year that I can genuinely say I love. The Murder Capital brings a really interesting blend of post punk and indie rock to make some fucking bangers. I love the attitude in the vocals and the production is solid as hell. A lot of these songs have been stuck in my head since first hearing them too. I love the progression and ending of the title track. A Thousand Lives is super catchy and probably ... read more


The aesthetics of modern post-punk.


Nothing about this was interesting, from the poor vocal mixing to unoriginal instrumentals. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it. It started to show hope in the second half, but that never panned out.


Really only listen to a couple songs here. It's not a bad album, but I don't think it particularly stands out from the crowd either

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Added on: July 11, 2022