Premonition

White Lung - Premonition
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2022 Ratings: #563 / 797
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2022 Ratings: #774
Liked by 6 people
December 2, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Punk Rock / Genres
whitelung.ca / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Slant Magazine
The album conjures a dark, enticing dynamism unparalleled even by the band's own extraordinary output.
100
The Guardian

The punk band go full pelt for their final album, a set livid with worldly disgust and bitter humour.

90
AllMusic

Prior to the album's release, White Lung announced they would be breaking up after Premonition, and if that does end up being the case, they've gone out with a magnificently gutsy farewell.

80
The Telegraph

Premonition is a finely wrought, searing career-coda, determined to take a sledgehammer to the cliché that growing older must result in complacency.

80
The Line of Best Fit
A celebration of a band who’ve approached music with a high-velocity elegiac understanding.
80
The Sydney Morning Herald
The final album from the Canadian punks is maternal instinct at its fiercest.
72
Spectrum Culture

Premonition arrives knowing the end is near, but the band performs like it refuses to end with a whimper.

70
Uncut
The group have said this is their final album, and say goodbye in unsentimental but explosive fashion.
66
Pitchfork
The Canadian punk band’s fifth and final album is a softer, more family-oriented affair, with reflections on motherhood and loss set to metallic riffs.
60
Mojo

Despite the band's commendably cyclonic hardcore punk energy, Premonition underscores the fact that White Lung are a vehicle with only one gear, and one that has now run out of road.

60
Loud and Quiet

With so much going on, it’s not really all that surprising that the ten songs on this record are lyrically more mature sounding than the tracks found on 2016’s Paradise.

60
The Arts Desk
Her lyrics boast a new focus without alcohol, suddenly facing an entirely sober recording session.
60
The Observer

Taken in isolation, each song sounds bracingly exciting, yet across Premonition as a whole there is a creeping sense of sameyness.

40
The Irish Times
This inoffensive yet entirely forgettable record feels twice as long as its running time suggests. It so happens that this is the trio’s final album — it’s just a shame they’ve bowed out with a whimper, rather than a snarl.
TheCarioca
82

Hysteric - 4/5
Date Night - 4/5
Tomorrow - 4/5
Under Glass - 5/5 ❤
Mountain - 4/5
If You’re Gone - 5/5 ❤
Girl - 3/5
Bird - 4/5
One Day - 4/5
Winter - 4/5

their_nickname
65

I just wish I had gotten a Deep Fantasy 2. This is definitely a step in the right direction, as songs like Date Night show that the band is at least trying to snap back into that infectious energy they had but the problem is that this is the last hurrah. This is their last record and they really ended up disappointing me as they had all the potential in the world but it kind of fell flat on a couple of underwhelming releases. Not a bad note to go out on, but not a sweet one either.

SonicDiscovery
75

I jumped on board with Canadian punks White Lung on their snarly 2014 effort Deep Fantasy and that interest only intensified with the wider appeal of 2016’s Paradise and now after an extremely long gap, the band returns to say goodbye with Premonition. Peering through these lyrics, it becomes very clear that vocalist Mish Barber-Way is ready to set this stage of her life behind, as she channels her focus onto her family. The shift on lyrical perspectives on these tracks brings a nice ... read more

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Track List

1Hysteric
2:52
83
2Date Night
2:54
71
3Tomorrow
2:56
75
4Under Glass
3:06
75
5Mountain
2:14
77
6If You’re Gone
3:25
87
7Girl
2:10
66
8Bird
3:15
84
9One Day
2:43
82
10Winter
3:49
86
Total Length: 29 minutes

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