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Eton Alive

Sleaford Mods

Eton Alive

Latest studio album from Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn, the abrasive post-punk Nottingham-based duo

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  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    “Eton Alive” adds much to their impressive discography while losing none of Williamson’s anger, it just channels more alluringly. I don’t know how they do it but they just keep getting better
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    A huge leap forward and a welcome exploration of the nuances of masculine identity
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Remarkable piece of work
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A record that expands the idea of what Sleaford Mods could be
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A belch in the face of the architects of austerity, a cry of sheer life amid an increasingly deadening environment
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Cathartic in its honesty but no less depressing for that
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A blunt album, which speaks to distorted realities
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    Album five makes Sleaford Mods funny again
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Leaves you galvanised, purged and recharged for the unending war against mediocrity. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    One of their strongest records so far; a hellfire missive thrown down by a band still very much at the peak of their powers
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Always recognisable and always evolving, Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson’s barked social snapshots turn melodic
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Eton Alive’ captures the self-proclaimed “Best Band in the World” as wide-awake as ever, dolloping fun all over their music like it’s Daddies Brown Sauce
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    Though it's more than a little contrary that their first album on their own label is more melodic and emotionally immediate than their work for Rough Trade, it's one of many moves on Eton Alive that are pure Sleaford Mods
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Anger tempered by resignation
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  15. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Eton Alive is the first Sleaford Mods LP to strip back its façade of snotty punk satire and portray genuine dejection at the state of things
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  16. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    As bleak as it is bold, as funny as it is despairing, and as surprisingly tuneful as it is atonal and hard
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  17. 6.0 |   Crack

    A menacing, lo-fi endeavour that perhaps isn’t at the top of its game, but stings all the same
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