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Pain Olympics

Crack Cloud

Pain Olympics

Debut album from the Vancouver-based art-rock, post-punk multimedia collective

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Tin Angel
UK Release date
17/07/2020
US Release date
17/07/2020
  1. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    An existential, genre-defying examination of the human condition
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Pain Olympics is an incendiary snapshot of a real musical force; from the rumbling balladry of ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, to the hurtling digital brutalism of ‘Tunnel Vision’, this is an unearthly garden of delights
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Members of Crack Cloud might eschew all claims of being a cult, but Pain Olympics will speak to many out there looking for meaning and something of substance to believe in
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Raw, and real, and often emotional, Pain Olympics is a turbulent journey through the world of this community, proving in itself to be a successful outlet for those creating it, while also offering solace and alliance for those that need it
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  5. 8.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Diving into Pain Olympics, it only takes a few brief moments to grasp the reality that Crack Cloud is on a different plane, conceptually and musically
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    The debut's best moments are when they push against what a post-punk band should be. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Built on a framework of inclusivity and seeking therapy from their music, Crack Cloud have certainly accomplished all they set out to achieve with this welcoming debut
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    This art-punk collective’s utopian first LP illuminates the joy, camaraderie, and compassion that can exist in even the most unforgiving, isolating circumstances
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  9. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    With an anything goes manifesto, ‘Pain Olympics’ could easily go off the rails and become a train wreck, but Crack Cloud manage to get the balance between artistic freedom and well measured chaos just right
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  10. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s a tough sport, but Crack Cloud are racing for their lives
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    The Canadian collective’s debut album feels like an extension of their invaluable work as support workers on the frontline in the fight against their country’s opioid crisis
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