AOTY 2018

Brutalism

Idles - Brutalism
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #16 / 715
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 300 ratings
2017 Ratings: #27
March 10, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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.
90
The Line of Best Fit

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

90
AllMusic
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.
90
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.
80
PopMatters
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.
80
DIY
With the release of their debut full-length, the Bristol outfit are giving 2017 the kick up the arse it desperately needs.
80
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.

70
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.
thisisabtlgrnd
85
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
Strangelightsyd
75
This really does feel like a debut.

Slow Savage has put me in a sad mood what the hell.
zachthesnack
87
Okay so it might not be quite as amazing as "Joy as an Act of Resistance" but its still freaking great.

So many angsty brit-punk bangerzzzz
BuffaloStaple
73
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aaron
81
Punk AOTY
Just fucking great.
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Track List

  1. Heel
  2. Well Done
  3. Mother
  4. Date Night
  5. Faith in the City
  6. 1049 Gotho
  7. Divide & Conquer
  8. Rachel Khoo
  9. Stendhal Syndrome
  10. Exeter
  11. Benzocaine
  12. White Privilege
  13. Slow Savage
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Added on: February 9, 2017