Nothing Feels Natural

Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #274 / 716
Year End Rank: #48
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2017 Ratings: #187
January 27, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork

Priests’ debut expands into a rich diorama of stinging guitar, funk, yearning indie pop, and jazz; there hasn’t been a punk debut this certain and poised since Savages’ Silence Yourself.

83
Paste

By chance or by design, Nothing Feels Natural might well be the first great punk album of the Trump presidency.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Nothing Feels Natural, the first studio album from D.C.-based punk group Priests, is loaded with anger and anxiety, apt for the post-truth era. It’s a roaring album that spans the genre from the experimental to the classic.

80
Exclaim!

Nothing Feels Natural addresses personal autonomy and responsibility with precision, even as songs like "Appropriate" disintegrate into spare, ominous segments.

80
AllMusic

The creative leap that Priests make from the Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP to their first full-length Nothing Feels Natural is reflected in the titles of both works: Bodies spelled out society's ills with literal (and literate) rants, but this time, Priests use a more poetic, existential approach to express these frustrations.

75
Consequence of Sound

Nothing Feels Natural is daring, sincere, and intimate, somehow more universal in its particularity.

75
Under The Radar
It's almost impossible to not want to see what the future holds for them and to not keep playing this record.
70
PopMatters

DC punk band Priests' Nothing Feels Natural dials the in-your-face confrontation down a few notches.

70
No Ripcord

Both cynical and biting, Nothing Feels Natural is a timely and involving call to arms that promises great things from Priests sooner rather than later.

60
The 405

If Priests expand on some of the genres they’re playing with, the tunes could take on a more consistent quality.

thisisabtlgrnd
86
A really strong breakthrough (debut?) that I'm surprised is not getting more attention. Priests remind me more of the bands of the classic post-punk era than most that operate in the style today. In addition to a deliberately spare production sound, they are consistently able to deliver anxious, energetic grooves with hints of pure punk, funk, and surf rock. There's even an occasional hint of strings or saxophone. The band it most brings to mind for me is Gang of Four, but there's no doubt ... read more
BuffaloStaple
60
sorry I don't listen to white lung clones ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
plowo
81
Favs: Appropriate, JJ, No Big Bang, Nothing Feels Natural, Pink White House and Suck.
AlienTing
61
i didn't like it as much as i wanted to. the album goes stale after awhile and i couldn't concentrate while listening to it.
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Track List

  1. Appropriate
  2. JJ
  3. Nicki
  4. Lelia 20
  5. No Big Bang
  6. Interlude
  7. Nothing Feels Natural
  8. Pink White House
  9. Puff
  10. Suck
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Added on: October 11, 2016