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Deep Down Happy

Sports Team

Deep Down Happy

Debut album from the Cambridge-formed six-piece led by Alex Rice

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Island
UK Release date
05/06/2020
US Release date
05/06/2020
  1. 9.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Sports Team are suburban maestros documenting modern Britain with crackling indie pop
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    Love them or hate them, dismiss them at your peril
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    The gobbiest new bunch on the block cement their early promise with a debut album full of hedonism, tribalism and untamed energy
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Propelled largely by guitarist and songwriter Rob Knaggs’ complex compositions, the record nods to good old-fashioned indie but also contemporary post-punk, hurtling between pithy social commentary and youthful abandonment
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  5. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The band is coming into their own, romanticizing the more humdrum aspects of the everyday with both joyous celebration and sulky dissatisfaction. But hey, if all else fails, at least they're pretty good at this rock n' roll business
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  6. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Two years in, Sports Team are promising rookies on the scene; you wouldn’t bet against them fighting it out in the big leagues by the time album two drops
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    This six-piece band marry Britpop sensibilities with a US alt-rock sound
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    The album's length is just about right, going by in an efficient 36 minutes but feeling satisfying at the end, and while fans are bound to pick favorites, there's not a real dud in the bunch
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  9. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Despite relying on old songs, Deep Down Happy shows why Sports Team are one of the most exciting bands in Britain
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    If this is to be their one-and-done, or their defining artistic statement, then it’s a good one
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised
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  12. 6.3 |   Spectrum Culture

    The promise of Sports Team can be heard throughout their debut, even if they don’t quite hit the mark
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    Music of the mid-00s is undergoing a revival. London-based Sports Team are the fresh case. Print edition only

  14. 5.0 |   Clash

    We want to be positive, we really do. But it’s a fairly middle-of-the-road indie record. It could do with a little more depth, a little more humanity
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