Blisters In the Pit of My Heart

Martha - Blisters In the Pit of My Heart
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #130 / 758
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2016 Ratings: #244
July 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dirtnap / Label
Pop Punk, Indie Rock / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

They’ve acknowledged a little personal reluctance to be plugging a new album at a time when society seems determined to eat itself alive, but Blisters in the Pit of My Heart couldn’t have come at a better time. The world needs Martha, now more than ever.

Martha are everything you want a great pop band to be: students of their trade, people with something to say and the vocabulary to do it, a distinctively joyous sound and a grand sense of humour. Buy it, play it, play it again and again and again, and fall in love.
Consequence of Sound
There’s only a certain level of cute that some listeners can tolerate in their guitar rock cocktail, but for those willing to embrace a style of music that’s immediately satisfying and goes out of its way to relate to the people who need it most, it’s hard to do better than four Brits who, by their own admission, “stumble over words from time to time.”
There’s no shortage of reasons to become enamoured with Martha, here. Sure, you could pity them, but you’re better off just falling head over heels in love with them instead.

Martha may be saddled with a name that doesn't exactly imply excitement, but one quick spin through Blisters is enough to dispel any doubts as feet start to move, pulses begin to race, and the part of the brain that compels one to sing along is stimulated in a big way.

It’s a beautiful end to a very accomplished second album, and you can almost see the band outgrowing their DIY roots in the most subtle of ways.

It’s a relief to hear a record that acknowledges our disappearing freedoms and is still fun. Rather than leaving listeners exhausted with ideas, Blisters offers fodder for critical thought that can be digested while pogoing.


Blisters in the Pit of My Heart is an impressive record and a thoughtful ode to art as both expression and refuge.

The Skinny

Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart will be total marmite for many: chronically uncool, hearts are stitched to sleeves with glittery thread and although it's ostensibly a record about adult problems – offices, supermarkets and that – it feels as if it's been scribbled in a journal with a biro-stained hand, sat at the back of the bus.

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Track List

  1. Christine
  2. Chekhov's Hangnail
  3. Precarious (Supermarket Song)
  4. Do Whatever
  5. Goldman's Detective Agency
  6. The Awkward Ones
  7. Ice Cream and Sunscreen
  8. 11:45, Legless In Brandon
  9. Curly & Raquel
  10. Do Nothing
  11. St. Paul's (Westerberg Comprehensive)
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Added on: June 2, 2016