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100
The Guardian
The six-piece’s first new material without frontman Isaac Wood, recorded over three nights in London, proves their malleability and resilience.
90
God Is in the TV
Those who worried about what would happen after the departure of Isaac Wood can relax. They are still in top form, showing that experimenting and actual songs can be very comfortable bedfellows and not a contradiction in terms. This is no holding operation- rather the start of a rebirth for the band.
90
Gigwise

Having built upon their strengths and grown together throughout their collaboration, Live at Bush Hall shows Black Country, New Road musically at their very best, and truly cements them as one of the greats of our generation.

85
Spectrum Culture
Live at Bush Hall signals that this band is far, far more special than they seemed even with two perfect/near-perfect albums under their belt already.
80
AllMusic
Black Country, New Road remain an unpredictable and surprisingly resilient unit. Unique circumstances that would have sunk many a band -- loss of leadership, the pressures of newfound critical acclaim -- simply galvanized them into writing a new chapter in their story.
80
NME
Following the departure of a key member, the Londoners had to find a way forward. This live album proves a celebratory reintroduction.
80
Loud and Quiet

It’s only after the maelstrom (here and on a majority of the other songs – BCNR ending on a chaotic flourish is a characteristic that has endured), as the audience cheers once again, that you’re reminded that this is a live album, beautifully recorded and produced as it is, and, more to the point, perfectly performed.

80
Clash

‘Live At Bush Hall’ is enough to get any fan excited for Black Country, New Road’s new chapter. Their new music in its purest form shows that despite unexpected changes, the band’s resilience is stronger than ever.

80
Spill Magazine
Its pensiveness melds the supernatural (and initially humorous) assertions of singer May Kershaw with the introspective thought of self-worth and self-sustenance – a surreal standout in what will be fondly remembered by fans as a creative peak for the band.
76
Pitchfork
Over a three-night stand in London last December, the UK group evolved from rousing post-punks to an irreverent dinner-theater act. Yet the soundtrack of all-new songs feels like a natural evolution.
75
Under the Radar
The growth of Black Country, New Road from this point will be well worth watching.
70
Uncut

Their angsty post-rock elements have been largely superseded by quivering/rousing chamber pop reminiscent of early Arcade Fire and Florence + The Machine, yet a weird emotional intensity remains - along with a talent for self-mythology that inspires audible devotion in an excitable crowd.

70
The Needle Drop
With the power of friendship, the future looks bright for BC,NR.
70
Still Listening

After a year of listening to various handheld recordings, fans will now have a concrete audio file to stream as Black Country, New Road's hotly anticipated follow up album, Live At Bush Hall is here.

Chode
80

Fishmans getting #1 album of the year with a live album: Unspoken Rizz
BCNR getting #1 album of the year with a live album: Sexual Harassment

BradTasteMusic
82

Surprisingly amazing. Way better than I expected

BaddieBaphomet
90

pizza time 🍕

If you’ve been reading my content for a while, or just keeping up with new music in general, Black Country, New Road needs no introduction. They started creating buzz in 2019 with merely two singles and a reputation for excellent live shows, most notably from The Windmill in Brixton. That led to the band catching further attention with their explosive debut, “For the First Time” - an impressive and ferocious post-punk album that I loved since I first heard it ... read more

R3N
100

It does sadden me that Isacc left but BCNR still have a bright future if their weakest is still a 10.

Favourite track - Laughing Song.

Allllllan
81

I'm so glad this group is still killing it even with the departure of their lead vocalist. I'm excited to see what they'll do in the future. ALSO Turbines and Pigs MIGHT be soty for 2023 it's phenomenal.

ozzyyy
99

Excited to see where they go next with their basically yearly music releases. I love how they still make such great music even without Isaac Wood, especially Lewis Evans.

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Track List

1Up Song
4:20
92
2The Boy
6:16
87
3I Won’t Always Love You
4:10
89
4Across The Pond Friend
3:45
87
5Laughing Song
5:33
91
6The Wrong Trousers
4:06
82
7Turbines/Pigs
9:46
95
8Dancers
5:04
92
9Up Song (Reprise)
3:55
86
Total Length: 47 minutes

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Added on: February 27, 2023