Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There
Feb 4, 2022 (updated Feb 7, 2022)
92
This album is beyond tragic. I went in not knowing what I was getting into, and wow this project is sad.

Every note, every space, every vocal is just strained and in pain. The only criticism I have to this project is it's so sad and in despair that I barely know what to do with it. It's so much for every track. I lost focus by the end due to how relentless this thing was.

Every song feels ambitious, well placed, and complete in its own way. It is a gorgeous listen that should not be written off as "everyone else likes it so it must be overrated". This album could be making history

EDIT: 88 -> 92
Ehhhhh I mean the flow of this album is Incredible. It feels like absolute magic with the last 3 tracks. This album is pretty insane. I take back what I said about this being kinda over dramatic. It’s the right amount of dramatic. Really amazing stuff. Super consistent

34 Comments
2y
So you're one complaint is that it does what it's trying to do too well?
2y
So why an 88?
2y
doesn't sound sad to me :/
2y
@aydn fr
2y
brad give it a 100
2y
This album is awesome
2y
so your complaint is how good it does at what it is trying to do? I agree with your whole review, by the way. That just didn't really make sense
2y
Yeah maybe the wording isn’t the best. I thought it felt a little too dramatic at points. That feels more accurate. Still a fantastic listen
2y
Yeah that makes more sense. He does get really emotional, which can definitely come off for better or for worst depending on the person. Thank you for clarifying
2y
Nice thoughts Brad! It’s definitely an upsetting album at points - but I’m sure with subsequent listens that raw sadness will begin to wear off
2y
couldn’t even give it a 90 :/ i get it tho. different blokes different strokes.
2y
“This album could make history.” - proceeds to give it an 88
2y
Guys it's an 88 stop complaining
2y
yall an 88 is a REALLY good score stop crying its gonna be fine i promise
2y
you guys are malding over numbers
2y
@eve_unit01 looks like you got what you wanted lmaoooo
2y
@ClayDjs03 lmao yeah but i’m just happy that he enjoys the album more.
2y
He accepted defeat
2y
I fully understand feeling like this is too much on first listen, and while 88 is still a very positive score from you I'm glad it rose once the emotional heft started to subside. Also watching you be so hyped to 'strap in' for a fun listen, only to be hit with the emotional equivalent of a steel chair did spark some schadenfreude, in jest of course. Love your content.
2y
Its just so deeply impactful. Though I gotta say the message gets a little lost I'm translation with how surreal the imagery is, yet the vocal takes are some of the most powerfully hopeless and expression of genuine pain that I've heard in an album in years. So that makes up for the disconnect I get with some of these lyrics. I can deeply feel that these words mean a lot to the singer and that impacts me more than words alone can.
2y
Brad why did you let them CANCEL you?!
2y
LFG score raised
2y
88 is a really positive score, and subsequently moved it higher, what are you people talking about
2y
@Pipe it's cuz his criticisms didn't make a lot of sense at first
1y
You should rewrite this review, it isn't focused, straight to the point and it mixxed contradictions
1y
So your only complaint was that they did their job too well. WHAT!?!?
1y
legoshi is right about this band lol
7mo
If I were a sensible person, I'd have been bawling my eyes out to Where He Inserted The Blade.
7mo
@Aramkimodo have you even saw his reply below this section, adressing his confusing wording, where he said it basically just felt way too dramatic for him, and so that being his main and only complaint???
2mo
100 when
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