Big Balloon
Dutch Uncles - Big Balloon
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #425 / 668
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
February 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Memphis Industries / Label
Art Pop / Genres
Your Review


Five albums in, unconventional pop band Dutch Uncles have made their most cohesive record yet.
The Guardian
Here’s an alternative to the aggro punk poetry of Sleaford Mods: for their fifth album, Dutch Uncles have captured the cold, industrial grind of being broke and betrayed in austerity Britain.

Allowing the right amount of self-awareness into the creative process isn’t always easy, but Dutch Uncles have come closer than ever to finding that balance on Big Balloon.

Indeed, if you’re used to the band producing tunes heavy with strings and synths, prepare to be surprised: fifth album ‘Big Balloon’ is something of a trip back into the left-field, tricky rock they were making at the start of the decade.

For their fifth album, Big Balloon, all the appropriate ingredients are there: the jerky rhythms, the unusual time signatures and opaque lyrics are all present and correct, along with a strange feeling that you’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen next.

God Is in the TV
I dare say there will be half a dozen albums this year comparable to Dutch Uncles. Will there be any better? I fear, probably.
Loud and Quiet
It might not go down as the definitive record in guitar music for 2017, but it’s a catchy and consistent collection of idiosyncratic indie-pop tracks from a band who hopefully have another 9 years left in them.
Under The Radar

Ultimately, Big Balloon probably won't gain them many new fans, but while the album suffers just a tad from relentless busy-ness, its proggy ambition combines with Wallis' penchant for gently ambitious, catchy melodies to make a creative work very few artists are capable of achieving.

Drowned in Sound
This album continues their purple patch and although there are tweaks, they deliver what we have come to expect.
It’ll please the current fans and might even convert some new ones, but there’s nothing particularly standout about this album – save for two of its three already-released singles.
The Line of Best Fit
It might not be all we'd hoped for, and could certainly benefit from some variety, but there are just about enough standouts here to keep admirers interested.
The Skinny

Big Balloon finds them cranking up the tempo and reconnecting their guitars after 2015’s largely synth-driven O Shudder, though the result is less a stylistic refresh than a confident reaffirmation of their combined output up until now.

Crack Magazine

Big Balloon is another confident stride from a group that remain a hidden gem within the alt-pop world. The only concern is that here Dutch Uncles veer uncomfortably close to being predictable. Anathema for a band with weirdness ingrained so heavily in their DNA.

Mar 27, 2017
Beaucoup d'influences 80 qui me plaisent; David Sylvian, Roxy Music et Talking Heads. Un album que je vais écouter assez régulièrement.
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Added on: November 16, 2016