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

27 Comments
3mo
So you're one complaint is that it does what it's trying to do too well?
3mo
So why an 88?
3mo
doesn't sound sad to me :/
3mo
@aydn fr
3mo
brad give it a 100
3mo
This album is awesome
3mo
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
3mo
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
3mo
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
3mo
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3mo
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
3mo
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3mo
couldn’t even give it a 90 :/ i get it tho. different blokes different strokes.
3mo
“This album could make history.” - proceeds to give it an 88
3mo
Guys it's an 88 stop complaining
3mo
yall an 88 is a REALLY good score stop crying its gonna be fine i promise
3mo
you guys are malding over numbers
3mo
@eve_unit01 looks like you got what you wanted lmaoooo
3mo
@ClayDjs03 lmao yeah but i’m just happy that he enjoys the album more.
3mo
He accepted defeat
3mo
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.
3mo
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.
3mo
Brad why did you let them CANCEL you?!
3mo
LFG score raised
3mo
88 is a really positive score, and subsequently moved it higher, what are you people talking about
3mo
@Pipe it's cuz his criticisms didn't make a lot of sense at first
2mo
You should rewrite this review, it isn't focused, straight to the point and it mixxed contradictions
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