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Drunk Tank Pink


Drunk Tank Pink

Second album of guitar-based indie rock from the Brixton-based quintet produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Florence and the Machine, Depeche Mode)

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The south Londoners' second album sees them explore their identities through claustrophobic chaos. Despite the delayed release, the timing is just right
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  2. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Encapsulates a queasy snapshot of life, where uncertainty and anxiety hang in the air with a foreboding menace. Given the current state of things globally, I think we can all find comfort in the band’s bravery by sharing their excellent album with the world
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  3. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    In spite of all that’s going on, the ground that Shame manage to cover, it all hangs together brilliantly. Drunk Tank Pink is a great album, from whatever angle you look at it
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The South London post-punks return deeper, heavier, groovier, and better than ever
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Shame never lose their momentum on Drunk Tank Pink, an often thrilling snapshot of a band headed for great things - and quickly
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Bristles with the pent-up aggression of men who aren’t allowed to be loud and shirtless in public any more
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The London band’s second album combines themes of burnout and ennui with fast rhythms
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Shame have put together a collection of fantastically varied ragers that are bound to blow the roof off whenever we’re allowed back to live gigs
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    They make a giant leap towards the avant-garde side of post-punk—taking a more contemplative look as they adjust to their post-tour blues mixed in with surreal undertones
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  10. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A hauntingly good sequel
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Drunk Tank Pink triumphs. No less do-or-die in their commitment, these songs are less determinedly dense. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The sound of a band pushing themselves to discover new sonic and emotional terrain. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   DIY

    Beefier, more confrontational, more dissonant than before
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  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    A strange, surreal record, with no overarching theme or motivation - but is there anything wrong with that? Each track feels like its own ecosystem, tackling its own demons and fighting with its own musical journey
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  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Recorded in France with Arctic Monkeys’ producer James Ford, the Brixton quartet’s new record is funkier and squawkier than their debut
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  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Songs have a tendency to morph into storms. It’s turbulent, but also exhilarating. You can not help but feel rejuvenated after listening to it. With this record there’s certainly a good time to be had
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  17. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Shame's Drunk Tank Pink emphasizes something that's become even rarer than a rock star: a legitimately exciting band
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  18. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The South London band’s second album is more eclectic and inspired than their debut
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  19. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The London post-punk band’s second album is bigger, louder, and more textured as frontman Charlie Steen anxiously details the strange gap between youth and adulthood
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  20. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    With Drunk Tank Pink, Shame have achieved what many fail to: they’ve taken what works from their first album, and made it better
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The album's mid-section brings back the cheeky grins and pub-band charisma that dominated the band's debut
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  22. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Drunk Tank Pink comes three years nearly to the day after Songs of Praise, bruised and bruising, fitter and angrier
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  23. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Drunk Tank Pink is an all-too-often unimaginative album from what’s still a promising group. At best, this sophomore project suggests a band pushing itself in every direction and through every crevice of the genre to see what fits them and their messaging most effectively
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  24. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The London band went from playing a 350-show stretch to nothing at all – and while tunes and originality are lacking, their subsequent dislocation makes for some thrilling music
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  25. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Visceral vibes return on Great Dog and Harsh Degrees, but there is an obvious recalibration at play that won’t do the band a bit of harm
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