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The Talkies

Girl Band

The Talkies

Follow up to the Irish rock band's ground breaking 2015 debut, recorded at Ballintubbert House in Ireland with the aim of making an audio representation of the house through exploring the phenomenon of sound

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Rough Trade
UK Release date
27/09/2019
US Release date
27/09/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    A raucous, idiosyncratic return
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  2. 9.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A petrifying and spectacular second full-length record
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  3. 9.1 |   Paste Magazine

    The band recorded the album in an off-season manor house, and the result is just as grand as the setting
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  4. 9.0 |   DIY

    Where the unlikely meets the possible
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  5. 9.0 |   Crack

    The Talkies is an album so viscerally brilliant it stays with you long after you’ve stopped listening, the silence ringing in your ears
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  6. 9.0 |   The 405

    Girl Band’s latest offering ramps up their known abrasiveness to a whole new level, for a sound that is bolder and indebted to the abstract chaos that’s always dwelled deep within him and his gang
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The Talkies is a superb return, with Girl Band building upon what they know they can do but without resting on their laurels. Still experimenting, still funny, still brilliant
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    While Girl Band don’t exactly find peace, they excel here in this erratic calm
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  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    On their first new album in four years, the Irish punk quartet channel pure, visceral panic through screeching sensory assaults and scrap-metal clang
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    While it may be a struggle to listen to for anyone caught unaware, it's that same struggle that makes their output so captivating as an experience
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    This second album has taken four years, but the songs, finessing the band’s noise-rock through a filter of techno and glam, are sensational
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    Beautiful, primal and raw, this is not an album for the faint-hearted
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  13. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's a record that demands to be heard in its entirety, preferably in one sitting. Yet once digested, it never disappoints from thereon in
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  14. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Girl Band is creating music that is at times equally assaulting and rhythmic
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  15. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    There are times when the noise levels become so twisted and contorted, like on ‘Akineton’s distorted melee and ‘Caveat’s Aphex Twin-like freak out or ‘Laggard’s migraine-inducing broken alarm racket, you feel like you’re being pushed to your sonic limits
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Getting deeper and darker than ever before on The Talkies, it will be interesting to see what Girl Band do next
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  17. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It’s an intensely, intentionally stressful listen, the occasional victory of thumping, clanking grooves over the scraping, grating racket offering an illusion of normality before snatching it away again
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    This is not a record for the faint hearted. Print edition only


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