Popular Manipulations
The Districts - Popular Manipulations
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #331 / 669
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2017 Ratings: #291
August 11, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
Your Review



The Districts refined sound mixed with deeper, darker lyrics brings them to a whole new artistic level. Popular Manipulations is the group’s finest opus yet.


With Popular Manipulations, the Districts make their first grand statement, setting a new bar for themselves in the process.

Under The Radar

Popular Manipulations is a vibrant, biting and tactile slice of the inspiring power of indie rock.


Popular Manipulations, The Districts’ third and newest album, takes [A Flourish and a Spoil's] highlights—beefy guitar tones, disarming vocals and stories specific and sometimes surreal—and blows them up with stronger and more varied songwriting, sharper production, and crisper mixing.

The Line of Best Fit
With this offering, surely big things await this small-town foursome.
Northern Transmissions

Consistently emotionally strong and sonically impressive, the true test of their strength usually falls into arrangements and writing. On a record that works more than it doesn’t however, it’s usually more of a shame that the flat songs feel so empty.

Channeling and interpreting the appeal of beloved music isn’t an easy task, but for once, the Districts are on the cusp of turning it into something they can call their own.
The Skinny

While their contemporaries continue to channel the intricate guitar tapestries of late 90’s emo, The Districts sound more like a mainstage festival act from the mid-2000s, possessing a widescreen theatricality that recalls bands like The Editors or The Killers circa Sam’s Town.

Dec 29, 2017
It's about as good as their last album with a slightly changed up sound. Not much more I could ask for, though I'd love to hear them release another 'Young Blood' epic of a track.
Sep 12, 2017
The Districts succeed in many ways here, perhaps the most important way being their cool, interesting sonic distortions that overcame some undemonstrative background structures, showing the kind of strong songwriting quality that may be easily looked past in the sea of smart yet unnecessarily categorized indie rock. My Score: 135/180 (Solid) = 75/100
Aug 21, 2017
Adorei este disco. Tem uma grandiosidade sonora bem forte, essas músicas viajam com muita intensidade por melodias e ritmos de forma incisiva, esta força criativa logo me cativou bastante. Gosto da versatilidade e dinâmica incrível destas composições justamente por isso, as músicas viajam sem seguir uma estrutura muito clara, mas sem perder direção em nenhum momento. As guitarras explosivas e as melodias vocais bem pegajosas ajudam a ... read more
Aug 15, 2017
New sound, solid sound.
Aug 11, 2017
If Before I Wake - 10/10
Violet - 7/10
Ordinary Day - 8/10
Salt - 7/10
Why Would I Wanna Be - 6/10
Point - 7/10
Airplane - 7/10
Fat Kiddo - 10/10
Capable - 8/10
Rattling of the Heart - 6/10
Will You Please Be Quiet Please? - 7/10

Overall Rating: 83 out of 110 = 75%
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Track List
  1. If Before I Wake
  2. Violet
  3. Ordinary Day
  4. Salt
  5. Why Would I Wanna Be
  6. Point
  7. Airplane
  8. Fat Kiddo
  9. Capable
  10. Rattling of the Heart
  11. Will You Please Be Quiet Please?
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, Novell_sx

Added on: May 23, 2017