Telling It Like It Is

Marching Church - Telling It Like It Is
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #442 / 947
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
October 28, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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The 405

For those waiting for a follow up to Plowing Into The Field Of Love, this album will surely sate you for a good while.


The instrumentation remains varied compared to his previous albums with Iceage, but the studio seems to be the real instrument of choice here, with endless pockets of electro-acoustic experimentation worth exploring alongside the nine-track album's taut bass lines and tight percussion.

The Line of Best Fit

Last year’s This World is Not Enough felt very much like a work in progress, but their new album, Telling It Like It Is, is a cocksure nine-track collection of focused and intelligent songwriting.

Under The Radar

In stark contrast to last year's effort, Marching Church have learnt to restrain their pandemonium in the name of melody-and are well on their way to becoming experimental rock flag-bearers.

The Needle Drop

Danish experimental rock supergroup Marching Church follows up last year's This World Is Not Enough with a collection of post-punky jams that seem to have a bit more thought put into them, and just as much passion.

Loud and Quiet

Too often ... ‘Telling It Like It Is’ simply grates on the ear – but at least it’s forgettable. 

Marching Church's sophomore record is a big leap from their debut. No longer a solo act, Elias Bender Ronnenfelt now has an accompanying band he dictates over as he basks in the glory of his days. It isn't necessarily the most polished, in terms of his other band Iceage's work is, but it still makes great work in orchestrating the vision Elias had: "[Elias] in a comfortable armchair, adorned in a golden robe, leading a band while a girl kept pouring me champagne when I required it."
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Added on: August 17, 2016