Where's My Utopia?

Yard Act - Where's My Utopia?
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2024 Ratings: #7 / 105
User Score
Based on 369 ratings
2024 Rank: #35
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
This is Yard Act operating with unparalleled authenticity.
100
The Telegraph

Smith has a rare knack for clever wordplay – missing in British indie since Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner swapped skewering everyday life for la-di-da ruminations on space travel – that simply can’t be taught.

90
AllMusic

Wry, riveting, chaotic, and infectious throughout, Where's My Utopia? easily upstages what was an impressive debut.

90
DIY
‘Where’s My Utopia?’ is as much a joy intellectually as it is musically, a leap in the right direction from one of our most promising groups of the day.
90
The Line of Best Fit
From a style and source pigeonholed into apathetic ramblings and pretentious wheel-spinning, Yard Act remains wondrously caring. What greater act of care is there than making this for us?
88
Paste
The Leeds post-punk quartet embrace the prospects of experimental failure and, in turn, come away with a resounding, charismatic and dance-heavy sophomore LP.
85
Northern Transmissions
“Sincere and tongue in cheek,” that’s the essence of this album. It’s post-punk meets exploration meets everything we didn’t know we needed. “Where’s my utopia?” invites you to lose yourself in its surreal soundscape, and trust me, you won’t want to find your way out.
80
Rolling Stone UK
To the dancefloor! Yard Act's banger-packed second album is a complete treat.
80
musicOMH
How to improve on a fantastic debut album? Make a minor tweak to an already-successful formula that emphasises something distinctive but underdeveloped about the original, of course.
80
Record Collector
Overall, the album’s sense of play is strong and, like its predecessor, the good ultimately wins out.
80
The Arts Desk
This music, while nearly being overburdened with irony, never ceases to surprise.
80
Mojo
A confident and substantial evolution of their sound.
80
Uncut
It may not be fuelled by as many immediate hooks and gnarly grooves as The Overload, but it's a bold progression both musically and lyrically.
80
Clash

‘Where’s My Utopia?’ is a musically diverse step forward for Yard Act, who refuse to be intimidated by their debut.

80
Loud and Quiet
The album is a toybox of pop experimentation that hits much more than it misses. Turns out that the second album doesn’t have to be so difficult after all.
80
The Skinny
The Leeds outfit have created a nostalgic and authentic vibe on their latest record, tackling difficult topics and recalling personal stories with humour and charisma.
80
Under the Radar

Where’s My Utopia? is an album that overflows, both in excess and excellence, with the former sometimes costing the latter its due.

80
NME
The Leeds quartet seek to obliterate the ‘post-punk’ tag with an eccentric second album that’s packed with surprises.
70
Exclaim!

Smith is vague about where he lands on his quest for contentment, but Where’s My Utopia? manages the old trick of making the personal universal, while hanging on to the righteous fun that drew so many in in the first place.

Kaunt
75

From the very beginning of Yard Act's sophomore effort, there's an element of overflowing despair hiding in British irony that's as irresistible as the English breakfast they serve over at the piers in the south of Spain.

The band's frank sense of humour is contagious - they're even open about their willingness to sell-out for money (as a punk band, that's a brave statement to make!) on the propulsive "We Make Hits," which itself comes after the stingingly sardonic opener "An ... read more

AllChup
100

The post punk from Leeds departs from the standards and sounds broader, taking a bold step forward.
© 2024

Doofy
38

Album two and everything about this 'act' still feels contrived - 'trendy album by committee' is all that's communicated by this busy but ultimately hollow random salad of sounds.

The musical backing seems to have little to no natural connection with the vocal delivery or the lyrical content.

'Down By the Stream' even manages to sound like Soul Coughing minus a musical soul...Soul Nothing.

ScratchGravy
66

I think there are some really great moments on this album, and I love the dance punk vibes of the instrumentation. However, it feels really disjointed from the vocals a majority of the time because of the spoken word stuff they do throughout. There's definitely standouts, and it's cheeky, and funky, but overall, it's got glaring issues that keep me from fully enjoying the album front to back

hantu222
84

Favorites: Down by the Stream, A Vineyard for the North, Dream Job

Least Favorites: Petroleum

AlbumCoverRating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ProfessorPlumb
56

Just doesn’t quite innovate or improve beyond their inescapable comparison to Gorillaz.

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Added on: October 25, 2023