Idles - Brutalism
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #19 / 669
Year End Rank: #46
User Score
Based on 180 ratings
2017 Ratings: #42
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God Is in the TV
IDLES are truly vicious, frontman Joe Talbot’s fiery vocal delivery as authentic as any of the original punks who railed against the establishment back in the genre’s heyday, but one trick ponies they are most certainly not.
The Line of Best Fit

Idles are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is proof.

They certainly inhabit the spirit of punk -- including the spittle-inducing vitriol and the acerbic lyrics -- but with a newfound energy that isn't trying to re-create an old aesthetic; instead, it's the sound of an angry band reacting to an increasingly tense and imbalanced world.
Drowned in Sound
It certainly isn’t the album that any of us were expecting at the start of 2017, but is an essential piece of work that we are extremely lucky to have.
If Idles are the right band for right now, that’s partly because they’re willing to stare down the ugly truths, even those in the mirror, and demand better.
With the release of their debut full-length, the Bristol outfit are giving 2017 the kick up the arse it desperately needs.
The Needle Drop

Brutalism, the debut album by UK five piece IDLES, may not reinvent the punk rock wheel but is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I've heard in years.

Loud and Quiet
The government may be eager to get rid of the architecture that gives the album its name, but Idles have offered a ‘Brutalism’ that demolishes back.
Mar 18, 2017*
EDIT EDIT: Last one. Probably not my absolute AOTY anymore now that the new Kendrick is out, but this will still be one of 2017's best for me and remains one of my favorite (of many!) post-punk albums to come out recently. I'm glad to see other people are enjoying it, too. I hope to see these guys live someday.

EDIT: Alright, I'm calling it: this is my AOTY so far. I've listened to it obsessively since it came out, and it's gotta be one of my favorite punk records I've heard in a long time. I ... read more
Apr 4, 2017
A political, aggressive and attention demanding punk rock album that I've been pretty enamoured with lately, it's definitely among the most electrifying releases i've heard in 2017 so far as on essentially every song, we see the band very passionately shouting about various problems they have with the people and politics in the UK right now. Whilst it is very engaging, they don't venture outside of this much at all throughout the course of the 42 minute runtime, which does make it feel a bit ... read more
Mar 30, 2017
Politically engaged and relentlessly agressive (but somehow, sharply versatile), british punk-rockers have come out with great results on their impressive new record Brutalistm. Their sound (with Joe Talbot's amazing, eloquent vocal delivery), as are their themes, is urgent, brutal (no pun intended) and the whole of the work sounds just so relevant to the times we live in, it ends up transcending mere aesthetical choises. Few times during this decade has punk music sounded so important and ... read more
Mar 11, 2017
Jan 22, 2018
Top Favorite: Mother
Other Favorites: Slow Savage, Stendhal Syndrome, Well Done
Least Favorite: Divide And Conquer
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Added on: February 9, 2017