Joy as an Act of Resistance is the 2nd album by British rock band Idles. It was released in August 2018 and recorded throughout 2017-18.
The album was a huge critical & commercial success, peaking in the UK Albums Chart at No. 5
Lyrically, Joy as an Act of Resistance focuses on lead singer Joe Talbot's troubled past & many timely themes like self-love, immigration, Brexit & toxic masculinity.
It's been a long time since I heard a Punk rock album this engaging. Idles' have given us 12 tracks that are timely and filled with pure rage, and I love that since music like this is perfect for unleashing stress & frustrations that I may be feeling.
Musically, I crave this kind of raw energy in Punk music. The pounding drums that pulse through your body + the riffs are reminiscent of the oldschool era while sounding fresh at the same time.
Joe's performance is simultaneously raw and filled with the perfect balance between angry and broken due to the heavy subject matters being on a personal level.
I rarely headbang, but this album got me doing that for almost the whole listen. Not only that, it made me almost wanna shout along to the tracks as it just felt like the perfect anger unleashment mechanism.
Even with it's deep rooted feeling of rage, Joy as an Act of Resistance still manages to deliver a wicked 42min long rollercoaster that's also filled with joy, humour & honesty; I cannot recommend it enough!