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The Drums


Fifth album from the Brooklyn indie pop outfit led by Jonny Pierce

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  1. 8.9 |   Northern Transmission

    This is an album that can be enjoyed on many levels, immediately and with lasting effect
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  2. 8.0 |   NOW

    It’s an incisive album about the prevailing mood of the moment: anxiety. The lyrics might be grim, but the music encourages us to stick it out
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    One of the album's best moments comes from the closing song. "Blip of Joy" is the perfect track to summarize everything that Brutalism is
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On Brutalism, the Drums practice a form of indie pop therapy that's rich in musical textures and lyrical depth
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  5. 7.6 |   Earbuddy

    The Drums as a band you really need to listen to
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  6. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Pierce’s queerness is integral to Brutalism’s articulation of longing
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  7. 7.0 |   All Music

    Pierce's soul-baring is paying off in music that allows him to express himself to the fullest on the way back from heartache
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The Drums are more stupidly contagious than ever. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   NME

    The Drums' – okay, sole remaining member Jonny Pierce – latest record outdoes expectations, swapping indie-pop for welcome experimentalism
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  10. 6.0 |   DIY

    It’s missing some of The Drums’ lo-fi charm
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  11. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's a new, more modern sound for The Drums—one that serves to stir heartstrings while also being a reminder that the pain and heartache always fades—and which ebbs and flows with a soft and soothing psychedelic edge
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  12. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    The latest album from the Drums—now just frontman Jonny Pierce—is his most honest and most unvarnished
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  13. 5.7 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s catchy in places, sure, but so are bedbugs
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  14. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Brutalism reflects a time of transformation and soul-searching
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