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Every Bad

Porridge Radio

Every Bad

Second full-length album and first for Secretly Canadian from the Brighton indie rock band led by Dana Margolin

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    Dana Margolin recently declared her gang of post-punk cohorts "the best band in the world". It's a bold claim, and this is a bold, brilliant record
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Margolin is a frontperson like few working today — an emotional blacksmith, she pounds simple, glowing scabbards that contain the mineral complexities of one million years
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Every Bad’ is a war cry to be compassionate, especially with ourselves
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  4. 9.0 |   DIY

    Each individual moment offers a new tone, a new feeling, but carries the distinct sound that Porridge Radio have made their own
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  5. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s easy and accurate to call Margolin a strong songwriter and performer. But what makes Every Bad special is the way in which it all sounds so familiar, like other bands and songs, but, as your ear tries to pin things down, ultimately like nothing else
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  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    With Every Bad, Porridge Radio seduce us with the vulnerability and existential confusion of Dana Margolin's deathly beautiful lyricism interweaved with alluring pop melodies
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  7. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    An emotional and instrumental triumph
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  8. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s nothing too complex about what Porridge Radio do, but they do it very well, and Every Bad is unlikely to wear itself out soon
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  9. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    The second album from the Brighton four-piece is the sound of a band mercilessly digging into itself with a stunning, dynamic performance from singer-songwriter Dana Margolin
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    Disaffection gives way to nuanced emotion in the Brighton foursome’s second release
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  11. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Every Bad is a relinquishing of whatever it is that keeps us from baring our souls, and an unleashing of frustration at how, like children riding a carousel, we’re all just going round in circles
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Whether they intend to or not, their tuneful, guitar-driven songcraft practically obliterates the left-of-center indie that's softened the genre into dreamy, pillowy mush
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  13. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Dana Margolin is pouring every inch of herself into this
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The Brighton band’s second album is spiky, strange and uncompromisingly brilliant. Can they drag the avant garde into the mainstream?
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  15. 8.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    Margolin’s natural melodic streak is constantly apparent and impressive throughout, at times recalling the blistering power of early PJ Harvey, as on Don’t Ask Me Twice, a track that is as ferocious as it is catchy
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  16. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    You’ll want to hear this album over and over again
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  17. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    There are many bands who have gone through entire careers and have not touched the lyrical and emotional ability of Porridge Radio
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  18. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s difficult not to expect the worst in 2020, but on Every Bad, Porridge Radio offer a soundtrack for how to carry on without letting it all get the best of you
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  19. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If it’s taken a long time to release their first ‘proper’ album then it was worth the wait, despite Margolin’s warning shot on ‘Homecoming Song’ that, “there’s nothing inside”
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  20. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    It’d be easy to assume the reason Every Bad sounds so vital is because its raw, agitated songs are the perfect soundtrack for these blighted times, built to be played while the world’s never-ending dumpster fire burns hotter and hotter. But it’s also got a slicker, more muscular sound than 2016’s home-recorded Rice, Pasta And Other Fillers
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  21. 6.0 |   Q

    There's almost too much bubbling up in their heads. Print edition only

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