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White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers

White Men Are Black Men Too

Second full-length album from the Edinburgh-based Mercury Prize-winning alternative hip hop trio

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    They manage the rare feat of melding pop and politics into a potent mix
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    It’s a seething mash-up of influences that offers one of the most intriguing bridges yet established between contrasting transatlantic attitudes and methods
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  3. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    A gargantuan, fearless record. It’s a celebration, a rebuttal, a call to action; a dance party that won’t for a single minute let you rest
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  4. 9.5 |   The Quietus

    39 minutes of utterly triumphant fusion pop. Everyone should hear this
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  5. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    More immediate, more instantly gratifying and more technically proficient, but there are also dark, difficult corners which hint at hidden terror
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  6. 9.0 |   Art Rocker

    With the subject matter they hope to encompass, sounding close to living in a hinge-less house is merely an honest reaction. Factor in their compositional chops and you really have a lot here
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  7. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A perfect storm of influences and talent that make for an unforgettable album
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  8. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    They might have to destroy pop to save it, but if anyone has a vision for a great new musical world, it’s Young Fathers
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  9. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Ultimately, there is no getting away from the fact that WMABMT is a remarkable album. In fact, it is hard to think of anything else quite like i
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  10. 9.0 |   The 405

    Demands you get out from behind your computer screen, start a proper conversation, and then dance until the world makes a bit more sense
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  11. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A start to finish joy to listen to. Even the tail end of the record is packed with surprises - but then again, what did you expect?
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  12. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    As melting pots go, this is a warming, soulful, pleasing affair
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  13. 8.0 |   Spin

    Young Fathers haven’t started pulling their punches, but they’ll dance around a good deal while throwing ‘em now. Their science is sweeter than ever for it
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  14. 8.0 |   NOW

    Young Fathers' alarm at being boxed in has led them to make an uncompromising, and, yes, prize-worthy pop statement
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s trippy and disorientating and yet always maddeningly catchy; a faded photograph of a pop album
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  16. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Nothing and no-one is safe – and it’s this that makes White Men such a powerful record
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    Mad and all-consuming, this is music for disillusioned youth with enough wry wordplay to back it up. In all its angst and menace, you can't help but feel liberated
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  18. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    This is a brave and uncompromising response to their new, mainstream profile. Young Fathers - all grown up and taking their responsibilities seriously
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  19. 8.0 |   State

    A record that’s pretty bloody outstanding
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  20. 8.0 |   The List

    Never willing to surrender itself to easy listening, the album’s artistic success isn’t in doubt – whether it really is pop, however, is now in the hands of the audience rather than the creator
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  21. 8.0 |   Q

    It’s remarkable not just that it hangs together, but that it adds up to something so thrilling and dynamic. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Their music is often at its most infectiously joyful when songs trespass into war-torn lyrical polemic. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   The FT

    An even better album, propulsive, imaginative, its richly textured blare casting the Scottish trio as Edinburgh’s version of TV on the Radio
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  24. 8.0 |   DIY

    ‘DEAD’ was a primal jolt to the system, a dose of adrenaline worthy of big gongs. But this is the next step
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  25. 8.0 |   The Observer

    It may be a protest album at times, but one that never forgets to keep things exciting for the listener
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  26. 7.0 |   NME

    The Mercury win hasn’t precipitated a lurch towards the mainstream. It suits Young Fathers to keep their rough edges
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  27. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The album won't win many new fans, but for those already clued in it supplies a fresh batch of engaging, abstract production and, especially in the meat of "Old Rock n Roll", a few meals' worth of food for thought
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  28. 6.9 |   Earbuddy

    If you’re looking for a place to “start” with YF, this is probably it
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  29. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    This is a rock record, almost a pop record. It’s raucous, messy, marked by a profound sense of urgency, intended to uplift and discomfit
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  30. 6.0 |   The Music

    It’s far from intellectually rewarding, but it’s incredibly idiosyncratic and gets under your skin
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  31. 6.0 |   Beardfood

    It's a surprising listen, but not quite coherent enough to warrant heavy rotation
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  32. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The strongest tracks never eclipse the highlights of Dead, but the band’s almost careless experimentation remains their strongest attribute. Every song has surprising twists and turns, sometimes resulting in euphoric triumphs out of the chaos
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