Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance (New Album)


#161

yeah first album didn’t click with me at all even though they sounded very up my street, was largely the vocals putting me off. gonna try this new one though.


#162

Pretty good guess. 6.8.


#163

Reviewer sounded like they wanted to give it lower I think


#164

As someone who’s already said above that, while delighted for the band and impressed by their sensibility across the board, the lyrics hold me back from getting on with this:

Fuck Pitchfork for singling out June as a song that cops out or backs away from a difficult subject.

Reminds me of their last Frightened Rabbit review. Just mean-spirited and fucking unnecessary.


#165

Not a bad guess!


#166

Yeah to describe that song as a ‘turgid singalong’ is absolutely fucking disgraceful.


#167

I feel like they’re far more predictable than they used to be score-wise. Particularly when it comes to non-US guitar-music that isn’t Radiohead.

And that mention of June… I’m not sure the reviewer realises that those lyrics aren’t just coming from a place of support but actually living through it. Should have done their fucking research. And if they did know, then fuck me what a genuinely horrible thing to write.


#168

They must have known. Presuming they’ve done even the slightest bit of research, every single article, review, interview etc with the band mentions the facts around that song. I don’t see any way the reviewer wouldn’t have been aware and it’s at best an absolutely awful, insensitive piece of writing and at worst a really disgusting attack on the way a grieving man chooses to express himself.


#169

As a note on whether or not the reviewer knew, the press pack that came with this album for review was FAR more in depth than most including a breakdown on the meaning of each song.


#170

Yeah I thought their casual dismissal of June was pretty tone deaf.


#171

Between this and the last Protomartyr review, Pitchfork can fuck RIGHT off.


#172

This is starting to resemble an IGN messageboard where everyone gets mad over video game review scores.


#173

Except for the fact that no-one is really that mad about the score but mad about a writer’s treatment of a song about losing a child.


#174

Well, that’s message boards for you, I guess. :wink:


#175

Went to their lunchtime gig in Sheffield today. I thought it might be a bit low-key, but it was absolutely spot-on. They went full throttle and it was utter, utter joyous mayhem. They even got a jaded old sod like me out of mosh pit retirement. Punk’s not dead!


#176

So you know him, and can confirm that “he does”?


#177

:smiley::smiley::smiley:


#178

fuck me this album is a blast


#179

Even Charlie Brooker has jumped in


#180

Not getting on with the whole thing (some of the choruses sound a bit like a landfill indie band who’s name I’ve forgotten …) but Samaritans is a total belter if nothing else.