Songs of Praise

shame - Songs of Praise
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2018 Ratings: #49 / 830
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 568 ratings
2018 Ratings: #172
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January 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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Well, the London five-piece is audibly indebted to Smith’s revered Manchester post-punk group The Fall – louche vocal delivery, abrasive and atonal guitar and barbed lyrics all present and correct – but debut album ‘Songs Of Praise’ courses with venom and a lithe vigour that is all their own.

Shame shout louder than anyone else at the moment, and make a claim to become Britain’s best new band.


Songs Of Praise distils the best features of classic British alternative music into a vital band passionate to enervate, communicate and entertain.


It’s an album to click play on again and again, every time struck by its sheer strength. ’Songs Of Praise’ shouldn’t just be an essential listen for 2018, but one that’ll be looked back on as a moment where things changed.

In context and execution, ‘Songs Of Praise’ is one of the most daring, scorching, seethingly intelligent, and at times downright funny British guitar albums to come our way in years.
The Line of Best Fit

Whip smart, furious and, most importantly, fun, Songs of Praise is the first essential album of 2018. And what an album it is.

What sets these lads apart is their beyond-their-years songwriting, riotous live shows (they were once fined for ripping a chandelier from the ceiling) and frontman Charlie Steen’s arresting vocals.
Loud and Quiet
For all their exuberant diving into the furrows of British rock history, Shame feel like a band searching rather than one that’s lost. They’re a young bunch, but a politically engaged, angry, wise lot, smart enough to not overthink something as instinctive and fun as your first album. It works because they’re so convincing in each of their furious explorations.
The Guardian
There’s ... seething post-punk that recalls early Fugazi, and the lyrics – full of blood, spunk and dirt – are far too jaded and contradictory to make for easy indie-disco fodder.

Whether they're sophisticated or visceral, Shame's energy and confidence makes Songs of Praise an exciting debut from one of the most vital-sounding British rock bands of the late 2010s.

No Brit-band is better equipped to set 2018 alight.

Songs of Praise is a treat from start to finish, each song is intricately stitched together providing the perfect narrative to your Saturday night stumbling. Or any time of the week for that matter.

Under The Radar

Songs of Praise is a modern, sneering punk explosion that adds up to more than a sum of its parts.

Northern Transmissions
Both sonically and lyrically, the quintet’s primary outing encapsulates a fresh vigour but one that’s not naïve, despite the band’s tender age (the five members are either 20 or 21), Shame attack each song with a triumphant stance but one that’s not rose tinted.

If Shame belong to a generation of mobilizing British refuseniks teetering on an uprising, Songs of Praise is its soundtrack, whistling like a kettle coming to the boil.

The 405

They’re certainly lads, and they certainly rock, but Songs Of Praise is much more about self-expression and determination, and doesn’t look for any kind of gratification – it just sounds like a bunch of young men looking to blow off steam, and that is what makes it such an enjoyable romp.

The sound of this album can fairly be described as manic, frustrated, or even thrashing but throughout there is an ease and listenability which speaks to the confidence and talent that the band has as songwriters.
FLOOD Magazine

What makes this all powerful is just how musically accomplished Shame are, despite the high-anxiety relentlessness of their sonic gospel.

Drowned in Sound
It is, ultimately, an unimaginative album from a promising band. Better records may lie ahead for them, but for now they will struggle to reach far beyond their existing fanbase.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Despite Shame’s lyrical foibles, they evince a prodigious adeptness for musicianship, and though Songs of Praise isn’t the most arresting debut by a garage band, there are far worse places to start.

Since its release at the beginning of 2018 all that Shame has done is grow on me more and more. There's something raw about their presentation and energy (seriously, go watch their performance on KEXP and tell me they don't bring the energy). However, the sound of their post-punk inspired aesthetic is so well refined that it's hard to believe this is a debut record.

At times the group can have an abrasive tone to their presentation, but at other times these just feel like hooky and easy to ... read more
Fresh, exciting and exactly what you will want to hear if you enjoy post punk.
Songs of Praise is a record of refined punk energy. It's all very English in style, The vocals are and lyrics are seething in their delivery whilst still being catchy due to the absolutely slick guitar work. It's another great punk records in a year where the genre seems almost blessed with the quality work that has been put out. My only complaint is that this record doesn't do much to feel unique from it's contemporaries, I mean it does have it's charm especially on "The Lick" but ... read more
Full Review on my YouTube Channel: “Brad Taste in Music”

Enjoyable from front to back. Delivers a raw Indie, Punk, Garage rock vibe throughout and I feel like a part of the group. Really solid release and a great start to the year. It shrunk on me slightly.
Nice, but a little too easy at times. But still nice !
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Added on: November 26, 2017