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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
Adding curlicues and complexities to popular song forms, the London outfit’s anticipated debut is big and clever.
100
Rolling Stone UK
Exciting and electric at every turn, this debut album is likely to be one of the year’s finest.
100
Record Collector
There’s not a weak moment in these 11 songs. The Last Dinner Party will surely do a Bond theme. It’ll surely be wonderful.
100
Spill Magazine

When 2024 ends, Prelude to Ecstasy will find itself on the top.

100
Dork
We’ve had the buzz. We’ve had the hype. Now, The Last Dinner Party are serving up one of the most confident, brilliant debut albums in years.
100
The Independent
There’s a cool swagger to the gender fluidity of the album’s lyrics.
100
The Skinny
The Last Dinner Party bring the best musical and literary influences to a feast for the end of the world, resulting in a renaissance album that leaves us wanting more.
100
DIY
Sky-high, grandiose ambition that ties together lofty literary sentiment, cinematic sweeping theatricality and killer melodic indie hooks with an equal affinity for each.
92
Northern Transmissions
The Last Dinner Party has artfully crafted an album that distinguishes itself in the musical landscape. It’s not merely an album; it’s a piece of art that resonates with the subtleties and complexities of the human experience.
90
Under the Radar

Their debut full-length album, Prelude to Ecstasy, produced by the legendary James Ford, is a body of work that summons a swirling maelstrom of emotions, beautifully judged theatrical flourishes, and songs that swing between euphoria, rage, passion, and heartbreak.

90
Clash
‘Prelude To Ecstasy’ does a lot, and goes to a lot of places, both thematically and musically. It goes to too many places to conceivably be called a concept album, even though it sort of looks like one and sort of sounds like one, with all its decadence and theatricality.
85
Still Listening
Sky-rocketing from summer pop-hit to gothic tale, electro-pop to Bowie glamour-rock, there is so much to unpack here.
81
Paste
The South London quintet’s debut LP lives up to its great expectations.
80
Sputnikmusic
It’s a fun space, regardless of how you may get there - and I’m glad to be here.
80
The Irish Times
The London band burst on the scene trailing accusations of being manufactured, but these well-crafted, thoughtful songs will quieten the naysayers.
80
The Forty-Five

All the extremities of life are contained here, from hedonistic abandon to earth-shattering heartbreak.

80
The Arts Desk
Absolutely audacious debut that will definitely get under your skin.
80
AllMusic

Prelude to Ecstasy draws from all those influences, delivering a remarkably assured set of bold-faced indie rock and maximalist goth pop teaming with earworm melodies, intelligent, darkly romantic lyrics, and thespian bluster.

80
NME
This highly-anticipated debut album shines when it indulges in its thrilling expressions of intimacy, desire and regret.
80
The Telegraph
This quintet have risen so fast they’ve aroused suspicion: nepo babies, industry plants? No, this album proves they’re the real deal.
80
God Is in the TV

Not only is it creative – but there’s a lot of intelligence at play here.

80
The Guardian
The five-piece ground their Sparks-like tendency towards excess and musical theatre with consistently well-written songs primed for festival singalongs.
80
Rolling Stone

Appropriate for a band that came together just before and during the early years of the pandemic, Prelude to Ecstasy, their first full album, may be the ideal soundtrack for re-entering a messy world newly open for business.

80
Exclaim!

The Last Dinner Party command attention on an album that shines with each member’s skill, and is strengthened by their synergy.

80
The Line of Best Fit
The Last Dinner Party don’t leave one dramatic stone unturned. Pleasurably satisfying, you can’t help but come back for more.
73
Spectrum Culture
Hype is a double-edged sword — doubly so in indie music.
70
PopMatters
They managed to mask their eclectic influences and occasionally clichéd ideas behind a loud, bold, excessive sound, spectacular visuals, and provocative lyrics about “candle wax melting in my veins”. Oh wait, aren’t these the signs of a successful debut?
68
Beats Per Minute

Prelude To Ecstasy, for all intents and purposes, is a really enjoyable pop record, but they are not burning down the mansion with this collection of songs anytime soon. 

65
Pitchfork
The London group’s opulent debut album channels baroque pop and prog of yore, yet for all its high drama, the results sometimes sound too carefully plotted and curiously professional.
60
Uncut
Strings, piano and keyboard combine with multi-textured guitar in songs that, though engaging, tend toward the florid.
60
Evening Standard
It's debut time for the buzzed-about band, but their big introduction doesn't always convince.
KaitoNkmra
83

Imma water the shit out of this industry plant cuz this slaps 🗣️

This is one of the few times where I needed to do a bit of research about an artist because I had absolutely zero fucking clue who they are. Turns out these girls have been at it since 2021, they won a Brit Award a couple of months back, influenced by David Bowie, one of the members is a mandolin + flute player, played at Glastonbury, and they supported Hozier, Florence and The Machine, and even The Rolling Stones.

Now, the ... read more

barcooper
80

Oh, so the critics are drooling all over this shit for a reason.

This is my introduction to The Last Dinner Party. I honestly had no idea who they were until yesterday, when I saw a bunch of critics praising it like their life depends on it. It didn't really impress me until I saw that it's receiving a great user score too, so I thought I might as well check it out. And yeah, it's pretty great.

This is the British indie rock band's debut album. The title "industry plant" is ... read more

cfnugent
80

“Industry plant” … y’know, I don’t really care? Why should we really care as long as the music is good?

The Last Dinner Party may have a case for that label in all honesty (though always seems to be aimed towards women these days… hmmmm). The group signed with Island Records shortly before releasing their first single “Nothing Matters” in April of 2023, and the media attention and production value of their subsequent four singles leading up to ... read more

CatNamed_V
40

A bland and pandering blend of many tired and obnoxious styles mushed into one; 70s rock, 80s new wave, glam rock, chamber pop, and baroque pop influences ooze out of The Last Dinner Party's explosive debut record, Prelude to Ecstasy.

With that said, this record has some charm in its' excellent variety. Song dynamics, structure, and style are constantly bouncing around. And the pleasant ensemble of woodwind, plenty of piano, and choral arrangements, amongst the traditional indie rocker ... read more

Vasu
81

Why wasn't I invited to the dinner party? 👹

Well, it turns out I missed out on a sumptuous, ravishing feast with Prelude to Ecstasy. Who cares about industry plants when the music slaps?

I just love a good female rock band. These girls are seriously talented, and they more than make up for any slower moments on the album with their sheer prowess. At times things got a bit too theatrical, like on Caesar on a TV Screen, but the vocals are absolutely top-notch, and the performances across ... read more

aidanaidanaidan
80

The 80s/baroque aesthetic is so cool, and the album sounds great.
I found some of the songs boring, but as a whole The Last Dinner Party is a very promising band.

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Track List

1Prelude To Ecstasy
1:36
73
2Burn Alive
3:21
82
3Caesar on a TV Screen
3:49
80
4The Feminine Urge
3:26
81
5On Your Side
4:27
81
6Beautiful Boy
3:47
78
7Gjuha
1:29
73
8Sinner
2:56
82
9My Lady of Mercy
2:55
80
10Portrait of a Dead Girl
4:57
78
11Nothing Matters
3:01
85
12Mirror
5:24
80
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: November 1, 2023