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The Joy Formidable


Fourth self-released studio album by Welsh indie rock trio

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    That AAARTH feels cathartic comes as no surprise, as the trio have long been purveyors of both aural and emotional heft, but this time around they've managed to crystallize both aesthetics into something truly sublime, fulfilling the promise set forth on 2011's The Big Roar
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  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Do not miss this album
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Maybe maturity is overrated, at least in the arena of arena rock
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    While AAARTH doesn't veer too wildly from the template--tightly-wound rock riffs and pummelling drums forming a circle around frontwman Ritzy Bryan's atmospheric hooks--it doesn't put a foot wrong, either. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    AAARTH is feral. Unable to be tamed, it flows and it ebbs away as quickly as the sound came rushing in
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  6. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    The Joy Formidable return to their roots on AAARTH
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  7. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Joy Formidable deftly tightens everything that makes them good
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  8. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    On their fourth album, the Welsh rockers build their towering songs on wobblier foundations for the sheer thrill of trying to make them topple
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