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Born Under Saturn

Django Django

Born Under Saturn

Follow-up to their will received self-titled debut album from the London-based psychedelic art pop quartet

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Because / Ribbon
UK Release date
04/05/2015
US Release date
04/05/2015
  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A clear contender for album of the year. Born Under Saturn is full of hooks, baited with earworms and certain to land plaudits and praise
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  2. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    An extraterrestrial kind of pop beast – here to guarantee you enjoy the ride, but ultimately mysterious in its movements
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  3. 9.0 |   The Music

    There’s always more to be discovered in the layers beneath the surface and that’s what makes Django Django such a brilliant indie-rock sidestep
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  4. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s extroverted music for introverts and it’s introverted music for extroverts
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Born Under Saturn sounds like what it probably is: a bunch of smart musicians having a great time
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  6. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    This is a dance-pop confection that’s wonderfully exuberant, full of the joys of summer, and perfect for the months ahead
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  7. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Sonically, Django Django have gone back to their early loves, Duane Eddy riffs, Beach Boys harmonies, playful early dance beats, glam rock bravado – all wrapped up with an individual sensibility
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Between its laid-back vocals, surf guitar and stomping percussion, Born Under Saturn makes a strong claim to being your ideal beach or road trip companion this summer
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    A mishmash of disparate influences like the Beach Boys, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, and Ennio Morricone can all be heard on Born Under Saturn, yet it never feels derivative or even very referential
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  10. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    It can at times be a head-swirling, disorientating listening experience but ultimately it’s a kaleidoscopic trip through psychedelic musical pop art
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    If the Django Django boys did feel any pressure on their return to the studio, it certainly doesn’t show on Born Under Saturn, which will ensure that their growing reputation is further enhanced
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  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There’s joyous invention here, along with nagging hooks which bury themselves deeper with every play
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Combining opposing influences and modernist sounds into one multi-harmonic whole. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Django Django sound like a musical representation of what filmmakers call “the magic hour”, when the light is suffused with gold, and lyric after lyric here refers to sun, sky or light
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  15. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    An LP jam-packed with accomplished songwriting and sonic evolution
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  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Born Under Saturn carries on the energy from their debut perfectly, taking steps out into new territory cautiously, but with great reward
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  17. 8.0 |   The FT

    Songs bounce by Tiggerishly with stomping beats, dreamily chanted vocals, multipart harmonies, peppy riffs and bustling electronic effects
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  18. 8.0 |   The List

    This 13 song collection does little radically different to its successor, instead expanding on the wealth of ideas it introduced
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  19. 8.0 |   DIY

    A record so vivid it threatens to become visual
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  20. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A definitively good album, albeit not a great one
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  21. 7.0 |   NME

    It definitely ain’t perfect, but in concocting a scrubbed-up, carefully wrought maturation of their sound, ‘Born Under Saturn’ gives us something close to Django Django unchained
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  22. 7.0 |   Clash

    At 14 tracks, perhaps a little trimming could have been possible, but, as anyone who has seen Django live will know, this is a band that greet sprawling jams with open arms
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  23. 6.0 |   Earbuddy

    Born Under Saturn ultimately doesn’t work. There’s no “Hail Bopp”, no “Default”, and the album feels about 3-days long
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  24. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The music doesn’t venture out to the fringes like it did on the debut, this less risky approach yielding a smoothly palatable if not nearly as addictive effort
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  25. 6.0 |   NOW

    Their lush harmonies are richer than ever, and their songwriting more confident than before, revealing the positive impact heavy touring's had on their chops
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  26. 6.0 |   The Observer

    while Born Under Saturn certainly up-scales Django Django’s ambitions, some of their eclectic grooves don’t bowl you over as comprehensively as those on their Mercury-nominated debut did
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  27. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Their grooves feel half-finished, and flat production choices leave little on which to cleave
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  28. 5.6 |   Pitchfork

    The busy arrangements and serious frontloading make Born Under Saturn’s 54 minutes a demanding investment, and the effort it takes to simply get any sort of visceral pleasure out of it makes it feel twice as long
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  29. 5.5 |   Beardfood

    A collection without any surprises or hit songs
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  30. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    An unfortunate step backward for a promising, unique artist
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  31. 5.0 |   Uncut

    Melodically underdeveloped and airless thanks to the layered, arch vocals. Print edition only


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