Brutalism

Idles - Brutalism
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Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #11 / 852
Year End Rank: #45
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Based on 650 ratings
2017 Ratings: #31
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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.
Space Vacation
84
My friend is so depressed...
She wanted to have sex.
I PISSED IN THE KITCHEN SINK!
While she slowly undressed.
BuffaloStaple
73
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Dombot
86
After absolutely falling in love with Joy As An Act Of Resistance and basically listening to it back to back to back over the course of these past few days, I decided to give Idles' debut a shot. And... yeah, this sure does feel like a debut, but a damn good one at that. It's raw, energetic, thought provoking, and everything you could ever want in a punk record. This was the album that put Idles on the map, and it showed the world just what they were capable of. Still, after listening to ... read more
HoodieBraden
70
I think Idles' work is finally clicking for me. I've never been crazy about any of their releases in the past, however, I have not given up on them. I keep coming back to their discography every now and then for a quick listen. These revisits have proved unsuccessful in the past...until now! Brutalism was not the best example of punk I've ever heard, but it was still one heck of an energy rush. It's also noticeably grimy punk. It's not clean and straightforward, that's for sure. It's "in ... read more
MasterCrackfox
91
IDLES have established themselves, in my opinion, as the most important punk rock group in music today and perhaps of the last decade and it all started with their debut record Brutalism. When I first heard this record I wasn’t honestly sure how to receive it due to how different it was and how much it shook up my expectations of what a punk rock record could sound like today. After a little over two years since its release, I view it as a critical debut record and an essential punk rock ... read more
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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