Drenge

Drenge - Drenge
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #77 / 953
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2013 Ratings: #60
August 19, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Infectious Records / Label
Garage Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
No Ripcord

Its brash, brutish façade accelerates in a way that keeps the commendable aphorism hidden at a glance, but its intensity is an infectious science, alchemizing its influences into a championing 37-minute mass movement. 

80
DIY

It’s all teeth, blood and bones, spit, grease and sweat but it’s a snarling yet intelligent beast of an album that stalks the landscape of British music like the unstoppable monster it threatens, and with a certain bloodlust, deserves to be.

80
musicOMH

It’s neither too deliberately lo-fi sounding nor too glossy, and there’s a complete lack of bullshit about it.

80
NME

Drenge are true to their phonics, subjecting listeners to a gnarly, ultra-funky – and that’s in the stinky sense, not the Nile Rodgers sense – aural pummelling.

80
Drowned in Sound

Comparisons will most commonly be made with The White Stripes, but the way Rory and his younger brother, singer and guitarist Eoin, take the blues rock template defined by the Detroit duo and make it their own reveals them to be alchemists rather than plagiarists. 

75
The Line of Best Fit

There’s heaps of incendiary six-stringers, throttling beats and barbed tongues; it’s a potent brew that they peddle, but one that suits them just fine.

70
The 405

Drenge, though, manages to avoid this potential pitfall, presenting 12 tracks that fluctuate between straight up rock, and blues-y tones similar to those of The White Stripes, but keep enough of a common style to have a nice ebb and flow without becoming messy and uncoordinated.

rosevean
83
#4 I Want to Break You in Half
#7 Face Like a Skull
#8 I Don't Want to Make Love to You
#11 Let's Pretend
#12 Fuckabout
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
twwalter
83
If you don't know Drenge yet, you will need to. They have injected life into hard rock. Drenge comes off with a swagger that's thunderous but not too arrogant.
90
Really good, solid production, very creative. underrated!
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#13/NME
#43/The Fly
#89/musicOMH

Track List

  1. People in Love Make Me Feel Yuck
  2. Dogmeat
  3. I Want to Break You in Half
  4. Bloodsports
  5. Backwaters
  6. Gun Crazy
  7. Face Like a Skull
  8. I Don't Want to Make Love to You
  9. Nothing
  10. Bye Bye Bao Bao
  11. Let's Pretend
  12. Fuckabout
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Added on: August 13, 2013