AOTY 2021

Brutalism

Idles - Brutalism
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #12 / 898
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 816 ratings
2017 Ratings: #44
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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.
SnowyFighter
81
This album sounds like getting punched in the face

ENERGY. AHHHHHH. This is my first experience with Idles, and I must say, I am loving this shit. It is a non stop gatling gun of energy, and it doesn’t miss a beat the whole way through. I really think this is a very very solid debut, and I’m kinda surprised it was this good. The vocalist sounds like if rocks had a voice. If that makes sense? I believe the only song I had heard from Idles before this listen is Mother, which is one ... read more
BuffaloStaple
73
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MEHREE BEHREEZ GOH 'AH DIGGREE

SOWAIH DON YOO GEH 'AH DIGGREE
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
80
Idles' excellent debut record is one of the best collections of face-splitting post-punk that the 21st century has to offer. This album is simply incredible. The only reason this isn't my favorite punk album of the 2010s is because Idles released more stuff. As far an highlights go, every track was great but "Mother" and "1049 Gotho" really stood out to me as perfect modern punk tracks. It's grimy as hell, straight in-your-face rock that I love so very much. Thank you for ... read more
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Added on: February 9, 2017