Welfare Jazz

Viagra Boys

Welfare Jazz

Second album from the Stockholm post-punk six-piece

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Year0001
UK Release date
08/01/2021
US Release date
08/01/2021
  1. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    The sound on Welfare Jazz may be more of the same glam-phetamine trash disko bomp that made the first record so distinctive but there’s something else that’s been added to their arsenal, something that was hiding in plain sight all along
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  2. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    Viagra Boys tone down the adrenaline, like they have something else they’re living for now. They’re chasing peace, stability, and a sound mind. They aren’t all the way there yet, but with Welfare Jazz, they’ve made a huge stride
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    The Stockholm band traverse musical dissonance, country and western, "being an asshole" and, er, loving dogs, leaning into the madness of the modern era
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While still lighthearted and filled with humour, it's a massive shift from previous releases, both musically and lyrically, with plenty of hints of more to come
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Where some bands have tried and failed to develop their overall appeal by simply dumbing themselves down, Viagra Boys have found success through the sheer determination of the songs. These are powerful, thoughtful songs that stand up to hours of repeated listening, and always raise a smile in the process
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Welfare Jazz ratchets up the pizzazz. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Tennessee-flavoured, rock’n’rollin’ electro blues, pumped up with grubby distorted bass-end riffing and occasional Krautrock tints
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There’s a lot to unpack, but Welfare Jazz is a smart and rousing listen
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  9. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    More masterful satire, now with added jazz + country
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Much like the main character of ‘Welfare Jazz’, Viagra Boys have a deep well of emotional intelligence hidden underneath their aggressively ignorant façade
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  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    A thematically rich follow up to their debut, accompanied by a frenzied post-punk concoction that becomes more rewarding with every listen
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  12. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    It is certainly not a record for the faint-hearted but that is to be expected by Viagra Boys as they will continue to bring this style throughout their existence
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  13. 8.0 |   Upset

    NEW Behind the rough exterior is an old soul, notes of romance hiding in every grunt and wail
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  14. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    The chaotic performances they are known for still shine through, there’s no mistaking a Viagra Boys record – the band’s ‘yeehaw’ playfulness might distract, but it’s all in good fun
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  15. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Stockholm six-piece expand their sonic palate to include nods to jazz and country western
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  16. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    The subversively sleazy Stockholm post-punk band walks a delicate satirical line between provocation and trolling
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  17. 7.0 |   DIY

    A document of a band that are perhaps more in limbo than they might first appear
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  18. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    With their trademark snarls and ferocious contempt, Viagra Boys succeed in rendering the personal political and the mundane absurd
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  19. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A tight effort that hopefully acts as a transition to a richer sonic canvas
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  20. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Expanding on their pulverising visions of lowlifes and inadequates, Viagra Boys’ second just about avoids caricature
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