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Joy as an Act of Resistance


Joy as an Act of Resistance

Second album of indie post-punk from the Bristol quintet

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Partisan Records
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  1. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Listen, reflect, then change your little piece of the world for the better
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  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    IDLES are still fast, still furious, and still have a lot to say. Joy as an Act of Resistance needed to be written and now, it needs to be listened to
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  3. 10.0 |   NME

    An instant classic, one that people will turn to in times of need for years to come
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  4. 10.0 |   DIY

    No hyperbole needed; IDLES are the most important band we have right now
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    This is a band to get excited about. Very, VERY, excited about!
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  6. 9.0 |   Crack

    A heady, confusing rush of present-day fury and hope for a brighter future, Joy as An Act of Resistance is a record that bristles with the political and emotional energy of punk’s very best
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  7. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    One of the defining moments in modern punk and, with any justice, will stand as a testament to the working classes of the world
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  8. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    There is a profound sense of joy on the album. A loud, often frenetic, intense joy but joy all the same
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  9. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Not Britain’s, nor Europe’s, but the world’s most vital band
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  10. 9.0 |   The 405

    IDLES believe that community spirit and togetherness will be what ultimately guides us closer to happiness as a whole, and in Joy As An Act Of Resistance they’ve created a monumental banner for the movement
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  11. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    IDLES turn trauma and anger into affirming lessons on Joy As an Act of Resistance, crafting a cathartic masterpiece that wears its heart — broken, but still beating — on its sleeve
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  12. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Delivers on the momentum that they have been building, and seizes a piece of the zeitgeist in the process
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  13. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The most relevant and at times gut wrenching album of the year
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  14. 8.2 |   Gig Soup

    The Bristol outfit expands on the success of their debut with a record that deserves your attention, packed with more punches than an Old Firm derby
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  15. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    As it is, Joy As An Act Of Resistance is shot through with stand-out moments, a great offering that you suspect will well and truly bring the house down when the band hits the road
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  16. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Much like their last album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance suggests Idles aren’t a particularly progressive band musically, but their sound is one with the absolute sincerity of their exploration of our culture and politics
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  17. 8.0 |   Punk News

    Joy as an Act of Resistance is a giant heaping of grade-A punk rock. It’s an ambitious project camouflaged as a more straightforward release not unlike their peers in Fucked Up
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  18. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    They might just be Britain’s most necessary band
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  19. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This is another masterpiece from the talented Bristol five-piece
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  20. 8.0 |   The FT

    The music is powerful and visceral, a lacerating type of vulnerability
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  21. 8.0 |   The Music

    A tremendously creative album from a genre that seems to be getting staler with each passing year. Punks will love it, and so will anyone with a heart and a funny bone
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  22. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It genuinely feels like something enormous is imminent for Idles
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  23. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Their follow-up sees them crank everything up to the next level. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   Q

    This feels indispensable, as both bereavement therapy and Brexit-era protest. Print edition only

  25. 8.0 |   Uncut

    They add to their ongoing commitment to openness. Print edition only

  26. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The peaks of ‘Joy’ are actually the slow moments – and arguably the peaks of IDLES’ discography so far
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  27. 8.0 |   The Independent

    For all his gruff, ferocious delivery, frontman Joe Talbot is all about upending his own masculinity
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  28. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    The riffs come hard, fuzzy, and fast on the Bristol punks’ deeply passionate second album — and the platitudes follow close behind
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  29. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    While Joy as an Act of Resistance might not flow perfectly as an album, many of its songs when taken on their own raise some serious hell
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