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Young Fathers

Dead

Second official release from the Edinburgh-based alternative hip hop trio

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Big Dada / Anticon
UK Release date
03/02/2014
US Release date
11/02/2014
  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    It’s not an easy listen and will send hipsters scurrying for their bobble hats and fake specs, but this is the sound of a band pushing themselves, challenging their audience and making something to be proud of
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    Young Fathers possess that which makes the best British acts truly special: a singular identity born of multinational mixology
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  3. 9.0 |   The Music

    The experience of listening to this record is beautiful, but blurry – like watching the sun rise after staying up all night. An experience not to be missed
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  4. 8.0 |   Crack

    With depth, character, soul and finesse that few contemporary hip-hop acts can lay claim to, this is an album to take as a serious statement of intent. Weird, wild and wonderful stuff
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  5. 8.0 |   The List

    A record which redefines the boundaries of UK hip hop and Scotland’s artistic landscape in one fell swoop
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Remarkably compelling – Dead is an album built on a relentless barrage of sounds, ideas, and experiments. Whatever you think of the album itself, it’s certainly never boring
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Visceral, propulsive and bursting with life. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    'Dead' spends no time meandering. The rhythms are primitive and murk-encrusted, but the lyricism is astute and pungent. Alarmingly immediate, 'Dead' revels in its own foreboding muck
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A densely layered mash-up of shudders and drones, narcotically twisted beats, gospel infused vocals and surreal wordplay. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Young Fathers have quietly constructed a strange and intoxicating musical universe that feels entirely their own, while no one else was paying attention
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Raw, emotional and compelling, Young Fathers fire up drama with every track
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    No two songs sound the same; this is an album full of playful inventiveness
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The balance between pop and experimentalism is very fine but Young Fathers strike it with exuberant ease
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  14. 8.0 |   The 405

    Young Fathers might have had extremely ropey beginnings as a "psychedelic hip-hop boyband" but slowly, meticulously they've become a real force to be reckoned with
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  15. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Young Fathers are one of the most versatile acts in hip-hop today, they’re excellent rappers, producers, and singers. This is just their proper debut. Expect excellent insanity in the future
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  16. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Young Father's have crafted a brutally honest reflection of their mundane British lives that expertly unearths exciting new territory in underground hip-hop, and you can be sure that they aren't finished yet if the passion, energy and creativity prevalent on Dead is anything to go by
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  17. 7.0 |   NME

    An album that's unique, but maddeningly all over the place
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