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Dogrel

Fontaines D.C.

Dogrel

Debut full-length release from the Dublin-based alt.pop quintet produced by Dan Carey (Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand)

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Partisan
UK Release date
12/04/2019
US Release date
12/04/2019
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The Irish troubadours come good on a debut album that offers both a storyteller’s narrative voice and a snarling new vision of youthful disillusionment
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    This is the kind of songwriting quality that bands can take years to reach, or never reach at all: brilliant, top to bottom
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  3. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Dogrel feels both overwhelming and tender, caustic and soothing, a blast of working class rage grown articulate while retaining its primal howl
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  4. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There’s an underground swell when a band feels vital, when they can depict their world in words like a Morrissey, a Richey Edwards, a young Kelly Jones or an Alex Turner. “The suits are running and it won’t be long, till the blues cop, what’s really going on”. Fontaines DC are as important as they come, that’s what’s going on
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  5. 10.0 |   music OMH

    Fontaines DC wear their influences close to their sleeve, with nods to The Pogues, The Strokes and Joy Division, but these influences are absorbed into their identity, to create something that instantly familiar and accessible, but also thrillingly compelling
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  6. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In its madcap polemicist playfulness and sincerity, there’s a record that starts with all the earnestness of Bobby Gillespie pining for a hit and ends with an exquisitely territorial ballad (‘Dublin City Sky’)
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  7. 9.0 |   DIY

    A clear, unedited picture of who they are and what they’re made of. It’s a joy to witness
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  8. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Fontaines D.C. you’ve done your city proud; ‘Dogrel’s scrappy charm could just snag debut album of the year
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  9. 9.0 |   Clash

    Authentic, raw and honest, it is eclectic, original and a work of multifaceted expression
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  10. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Dogrel is evocative, meticulous and rich in a love for the character of Dublin, and all the little things that, past and present, contribute to that
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  11. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    This is the sound of vitality; of authenticity and ambition; of style, substance, and swagger all packed in to 35 minutes of vulnerable, honest pop music that is weighted with melancholy, yet buoyed by youthful vigor and touched, perhaps, by genius
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  12. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Dogrel is an album of tremendous ardor and vivid landscapes, and interspersed with an Irish underdog spirit, Fontaines D.C. are nearly untouchable
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  13. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The Irish five-piece have quickly become the new face of British rock, somehow pigeonholed between the likes of U.K. rabble-rousers like Shame and Idles when their innate swagger recalls an erudite version of The Libertines
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  14. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    It is a cracking debut that attempts to reclaim the city’s soul
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  15. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    The production is basic as if it is an intimate live recording. From the outset, Dogrel is an indie-punk album telling the collective experiences of the five members of Fontaines D.C. living and bonding together
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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's all propelled by an energy exclusive to debut albums, the five-piece pulsing with post-punk fervour. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Q

    By striving to find romance and poetry in grim times, Fontaines D.C. have made a record to fall in love with. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   The Music

    Few bands have captured the same excitement for rock as well as Fontaines DC do on 'Dogrel'
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  19. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The steely Dublin post-punk band infuse the bitterness and rage of the Fall with punch-drunk romanticism
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  20. 7.5 |   The 405

    Fontaines DC are indebted to the sounds of the past, while reconstituting them to say something very prescient about the now
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  21. 6.0 |   Uncut

    They're at their most effective when they deliberately fray the edges. Print edition only


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