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Dry Cleaning


Second album from the South Lodon post-punk quartet recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer by John Parish (PJ Harvey, This Is The Kit, The Goon Sax)

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  1. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    The south Londoners’ wonderfully enigmatic follow-up to New Long Leg feels more collage than essay, the poetic cheek by jowl with the preposterous
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Freshly laundered second album with surprising warmth at its core
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  3. 10.0 |   NME

    The London band's second album is a bold leap forward, one that sets the band apart from their contemporaries and defies categorisation
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  4. 9.0 |   Uncut

    If the music and lyrics are both impressive, though, it's the interaction between them that makes Stumpwork such a triumph. They work together and against each other, pushing and pulling, fighting arrhythmically or slipping into step as the moment demands. Print edition only

  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Stumpwork is an essential album, and one of the very best of 2022
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    Hearing Dry Cleaning's words and music travel in different ways to the same destination remains fascinating, and the ways they open up their music on Stumpwork with warmth, sensuality, and humor reveal their originality even more fully
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  7. 8.8 |   Northern Transmissions

    The instrumentation flies under the radar because of the distinctiveness of Shaw’s vocals, but it’s tight, grooving rock and roll, funky in the right places and driving in others
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  8. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Dry Cleaning may not get mentioned in the same breath as other young London art-rock groups like black midi or Squid, but they should. Stumpwork proves that this band’s style has legs
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  9. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    While New Long Leg basked in a chic trendiness, Stumpwork more soberly conjures the spectrum of 21st century life: our endless search for identity, our egoic highs and crashes, the ineluctable tedium
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  10. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The London-based band's follow-up to last year's New Long Leg both doubles down on and refocuses their approach
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  11. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Stumpwork demonstrates that the Dry Cleaning business is going from strength to strength
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Dry Cleaning surpass themselves with a gentler, broader sound on Stumpwork
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  13. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The U.K. group could split up and do poetry and post-rock independently of one another, but somehow it works together
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  14. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Dry Cleaning follow last year’s breakthrough debut with Stumpwork‘s indie-flavored post-punk woven together via Florence Shaw’s dispassionate musings
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  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Vivid, touch-sensitive responses to a world unravelling. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s unlikely to win over the naysayers, but, for those already enamoured with their kitchen sink Dadaism, ‘Stumpwork’ is yet more magic from Dry Cleaning
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  17. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The follow-up to last year’s fine debut New Long Leg is more focused, with Florence Shaw’s low-key narration framed by powerful sounds
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  18. 8.0 |   Dork

    ‘Stumpwork’ acts perfectly as a snapshot of continuing Dry Cleaning’s depth and complexity
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  19. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    What stands out the most in all their tracks is the utter disregard for what anyone might think about what they're trying to say
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  20. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The album’s power comes not in how bluntly it expresses itself, but in how those expressions feel tangible and real
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  21. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A worthy successor to their debut
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  22. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Lyrically, Stumpwork triumphs over anything produced by their contemporaries, but that might have been to the detriment of the music, which bravely evades the instrumental vitality of their debut
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  23. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The London quartet moves beyond the sardonic post-punk of its debut, exploring new sounds and moods while Florence Shaw reveals hitherto unheard subtleties in her famously low-key delivery
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  24. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    To their credit, Dry Cleaning is not compromising their often prickly art. Rather, like the most resolute artists, with the provocative and relentless Stumpwork, they admirably move their boundaries further afield regardless of appealing to a bigger audience
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