Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #445 / 719
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2017 Ratings: #391
July 7, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
GIGsoup
Public Service Broadcasting have achieved the (almost) impossible. They’ve taken a terminally unglamorous subject matter and made a concept album out of it that works.
90
Drowned in Sound

Every Valley is certainly an important and timely record, but happily it's also an extremely satisfying and moving one.

83
A.V. Club

Informative and moving, Every Valley doesn’t exist in the traditional space of an album—it’s almost music as journalism, or a musical collage version of This American Life. If nothing else, you won’t hear anything like it this year.

80
The Skinny
There’s certainly a degree of sentimentality afoot – with all the shimmering strings and twinkling xylophones there couldn’t not be – but the overall picture of the mining years is a nuanced one, a celebratory but critical overview of a pivotal period in British history.
80
God Is in the TV

Every Valley is touching and emotional but also a soaring and groovy record.

80
The Guardian
By their own admission, as “middle-class Londoners”, Public Service Broadcasting aren’t obvious candidates to musically chronicle the rise and destruction of the Welsh coalmining industry. However, they have put a shift in.
73
Paste

Every Valley, Public Service Broadcasting’s lush, sweeping ode to Welsh miners, sees far past the National Coal Board’s touting of the industry’s fantastical, misperceived longevity, and instead peers into the lives of a proud working class that lived and died by the dank tunnels in which they methodically toiled.

70
AllMusic

Even more so than on The Race for Space, PSB seem less like a gimmicky novelty group and more like a new breed of intelligent, socially conscious pop music.

60
The Independent
Though still drawing on period documentary narration to sketch out a real-life narrative, the focus of Public Service Broadcasting’s J Willgoose, Esq shifts here from universal to local, hopeful to betrayal.
60
DIY

It’s not light-hearted or easy to stomach, but for placing themselves into the shoes of others and broadcasting from the inside, there’s no real match for Public Service Broadcasting.

60
The 405

There is a responsibility on artists who want to translate history into art, in the same way as there is for historians taking bare facts and data and setting it into a context that carries not only ideology but emotional truth. Public Service Broadcasting's intentions are to be praised, even if the result is weak and unfocused.

60
The Observer

Every Valley doesn’t add much that is new.

60
Dork
‘Every Valley’ captures the history of the coal industry rather succinctly. At first, there’s hope, then there’s anger, but there’s always a feeling of pride and dignity maintained. It paints broad strokes in an era that deserves a more nuanced exploration, sure, but it’s an affecting and unique look at this oft-overlooked period of history nonetheless.
50
musicOMH

With album number three they turn their spotlight to the rise and fall of the industrial coal mining towns of South Wales. If that sounds instinctively less stimulating than their previous subject matter, then the album may do little to change your mind.

blinkclyro
70
These moments of optimism are undoubtedly the strongest points of the record; sadly some others, particularly Go To The Road and Turn No More, don’t quite deliver the same impact when trying to convey the despondency of post-industrial South Wales. On the whole, though, this record is enlightening and most tracks, including the heartfelt a cappella closer Take Me Home, manage to capture the beauty and sadness of the valleys and the people who have lived through its hardships.
Br
87
Public Service Broadcasting are as unique to music as is believably possible; they have essentially taken technology and fused it with history as a means of telling powerful narratives in the most original of ways. If you're new to the band, they are a duo (that recently became a trio) from London who use live drums and guitars, looping pedals, a laptop, and most uniquely, samples taken from specifically themed historical subjects (in place of lyrics) as a means of telling a story...

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thisisabtlgrnd
77
I liked this record overall, especially in the broader context of contemporary post-rock. In a genre that seems (with the exception of a few bands) to be trapped in a prison of its own cliches, Public Service Broadcasting provide at least a partial roadmap for shaking the scene up. The addition of vocals and occasional pop structures, in addition to the samples and topical thematic focus on the Welsh mining industry help ground the record and lend it significance beyond its aesthetic. Still, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Every Valley
  2. The Pit
  3. People Will Always Need Coal
  4. Progress (feat. Tracyanne Campbell)
  5. Go to the Road
  6. All Out
  7. Turn No More (feat. James Dean Bradfield)
  8. They Gave Me a Lamp (feat. Haiku Salut)
  9. You + Me (feat. Lisa Jên Brown)
  10. Mother of the Village
  11. Take Me Home 
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