AOTY 2023

The Twits

bar italia - The Twits
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2023 Ratings: #607 / 742
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
2023 Ratings: #662
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The Line of Best Fit
Bar Italia’s ambition and scope seems to increase exponentially with each passing release, and to pull off two great leaps forward in a single year is a hugely impressive feat. This is rich, idiosyncratic music that’s too wild and strange to copy.

A darker, deconstructed companion to Tracey Denim, The Twits reflects bar italia's growth into an increasingly singular, expressive band.

The group is building a snowball down the hill towards the limelight and away from the mysterious musical ghost with little digital footprint. Like the train leaving the station, bar italia’s momentum feels unstoppable at this point.
For a band who look and sound like they can't be bothered, Bar Italia are an industrious bunch.
‘The Twits’ is a dynamic, evocative, and overall pretty cool album. With unexpected twists and turns, there’s a dark grunginess throughout which makes it feel like it could be the soundtrack to some sort of noir film.
Northern Transmissions
In short, it’s a lot of music from a band that loves to play indifferent. But you can tell bar italia care deeply, at the very least from their prolificness. They’ve got the passion, the attitude, the musical chemistry. They just needs to shake off a bit of that coolness and flaunt it.
On the buzzy UK band’s second album in six months, they explore new strains of rock while staying true to their scuzz.
All those who lapped up ‘Tracey Denim’ will be satisfied here. ‘The Twits’ may yet charm a few more besides.

While not as immediately trance-inducing as their debut, The Twits finds the band in a newly roiling, bellicose state of transformation.

God Is in the TV
Such is the level of mystique that you wonder if we’ll hear from them for years now, or they’ll have another LP out in the Spring. The not knowing is the best bit. It’s at once pre-Internet and social media nostalgic and a black hole in the over sharing of the Tik Tok now. Refreshing.
On its second album of 2023, the London trio looks to enliven its bookish, deadpan indie rock formula.
Spectrum Culture

There would be a lot for them to gain by becoming a band more focused on songs, and the best moments of The Twits are evidence of it.

The Skinny
bar italia's second album on Matador this year is at its best where the individual ideas of its three members intersect.
The Observer
There’s a swagger to the best songs on the indie trio’s second album in six months – until the tempo drops.
Record Collector
The boy/girl vocals of Nina Cristante and Jezmi Tarik Fehmi – the latter of whom can sound uncannily like Robert Smith – dovetail nicely, though a sense remains that Bar Italia are a work in progress.

We’ve got post punk vibes, girl/guy vocals, jangly guitars, y’allternative sway and even some 90s nods and light shoegaze fuzz. Every piece of the current indie rock puzzle (that with each passing day is feeling more and more played out) is here on display but filtered through a sound that is their own. Not sure if it’s a full step up from their other 2023 album but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.


The random capitalization of the song titles kind of makes me wanna jump out a window (it’s okay this is a pretty good album)

bar italia’s newsest record doesn’t hit quite as hard as Tracey Denim for me, but there are still some nice duel vocals and smooth vibes. I honestly don’t have too much to say about it, but worlds greatest emoter and Jelsy are pretty swag

my little tony - 6
Real house vibes (desperate house vibes) - 6.5
twist - 7.5
worlds greatest emoter - ... read more


At what point do you begin to enjoy "The Twits"?

You don't. Things just happen. There's no sort of song sequencing on this, it's all just there. Something about bar italia is that they play instruments at the same time and out comes some miraculous noise called music, but the music doesn't really sound all that well put together. And well with that being said we can come to the conclusion that this is bad music. It's just bad. Sounds like no though was put into it, just a little ... read more


dead live band, singer really cant sing either


▲ = my little tony, worlds greatest emoter, Shoo, glory hunter
▬ = Real house wibes, twist, calm down with me, que surprise, Hi fiver, Brush w Faith, sounds like you had to be there, Jelsy, bibs
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Added on: September 6, 2023