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Fourth album from the Calgary post-punks previously known as Viet Cong

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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The two sides to Arrangements are like a draining binary star in that respect, each sucking the energy out of one another, each bringing about their own life and their own end. Components unconsciously working together to deliver an absolution. Its own wild manifesto
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  2. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Shows the band as a whole accessing a new sense of purpose and creative liberation, planting another flag in the crowded postpunk landscape
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  3. 7.6 |   Spectrum Culture

    A lot of what made this band appealing is still present, but the aggression that characterized their early records is completely tempered, even as the songs themselves boil over with outrage
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  4. 7.0 |   Clash

    A fine return that exemplifies their strengths
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  5. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Dense at times and minimal at others, Preoccupations’ Arrangements is a post-punk charge against humanity’s crumbling future
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  6. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    If there ever was a time for a Preoccupations record, it's now — finally, the band's hopeless candour has found a time and place to properly resonate
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  7. 7.0 |   DIY

    It takes a while for Preoccupations to find their new groove
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Guitars are still central, however, whipping the Chameleons-like “Ricochet” along and performing as bedrock melodic clanging for the six-minute, Sisters-adjacent closer, “Tearing Up The Grass”. Print edition only

  9. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    Grim, grey, and dour, the Canadian band’s fourth album offers a bleak look at the world and delivers some new textures but lacks some of the musical tension to really create sparks
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