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The Overload

Yard Act

The Overload

Debut full-length release from the Leeds post-punk trio

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Brilliantly constructed to unfurl like some sordid soap opera of Brexit Britain
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  2. 10.0 |   Dork

    We hope the rest of 2022’s musical output is as good as this album
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  3. 10.0 |   Upset

    Acerbic, immediate, playful and sharp, ‘The Overload’ is whip-smart
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    Yard Act reap the benefit of a bond that many bands could only wish for. The product of producing something so relatable that people find solace where you once only saw pain
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  5. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    At its heart, The Overload is a hugely impressive debut bubbling with sardonic wit, wisdom, anger, and compassion
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  6. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    The more you listen to ‘The Overload’, the more you uncover, it’s a record of copious nooks and crannies. I think I’ve said enough, it’s fucking brilliant – listen to it, love it and never let it go
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  7. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Yard Act may not be here to save the music industry, but they’ll give it a damn good shake-up
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  8. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As full of humour and darkly clever lyrics as it is humility and hope, The Overload is an album of deeply relatable storytelling for the plight of the ordinary people
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  9. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A debut album bursting with character. Print edition only

  10. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    On their electric full-length debut, the Leeds post-punkers highlight the humanity in our grim dystopia
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  11. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    The Overload is quite the debut
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Waspish portraits of the country’s worst people – from alpha male businessmen to middle-class foodies – are punchily delivered by this excitingly undeveloped Leeds quartet
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    Leeds newcomers bear the weight of their despondent musical tradition with pride
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  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An exhilarating record by a band not only thriving under pressure but already finding new ways to adapt to its force. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Fire up the Rover! The Leeds band's debut is a wild ride through their Yorkshire upbringing, and the curly characters they picked up along the way
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Yard Act live up to the hype on their surprisingly versatile debut album, The Overload
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  17. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Politico pop with a welcome sense of humour
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  18. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    The Leeds band’s mouthy and acerbic take on Brexit-era post-punk has the humor, polish, and storytelling of classic Britpop
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  19. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Yard Act funnel anti-capitalist critique of British life through the medium of spoken-word post-punk on The Overload
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  20. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It may not connect with everyone, given there isn’t necessarily much by the way of singalong anthems, though that may be a strength
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  21. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Though the band’s deadpan Mark E. Smith-meets-Mike Skinner impression routinely ticks the boxes for all we’ve come to expect from the inundated contemporary mass of sullen-faced British post-punk, Yard Act conduct themselves with a degree of respect for their own pop sensibilities
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  22. 6.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    The Overload is both moderately entertaining and maddeningly bloated, depending on the moment
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  23. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Lyric after lyric leaps out while listening to this debut - but they don’t always have the tunes to match
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