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There Is No Year

Algiers

There Is No Year

Third album from the Atlanta, Georgia experimental post-rock trio produced by Randall Dunn and Ben Greenberg

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
Matador
UK Release date
17/01/2020
US Release date
17/01/2020
  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There is No Year is the music we need right now, fired up, political and anxious, staring the end of the world in the face, but not giving up. It’s the sound of a band who can hear things we can’t
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  2. 8.8 |   Earbuddy

    Another exhilarating triumph from the world's wokest soul-punks
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    These tight, explosive songs combine a refined poetic lyric approach in songwriting and arranging that's every bit as urgent as the album's two predecessors, yet it's so emotionally charged, it leaves the listener breathless and exhausted, as well as compelled and excited
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    A more considered project than their somewhat reactionary 2017 album 'The Underside Of Power, album three finds Algiers mightier than ever
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Their fusion of Franklin James Fisher's gospel howl and post-industrial beats has grown into something searing and infernal. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    There Is No Year is still very much a part of the band’s tradition, albeit with slight tweaks and variations
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Frequently thrilling and never boring, There Is No Year reveals subtleties amidst the strident power with each play, and in so doing shines a light on Algiers
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Delve deeper into the personal. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Algiers will always be big, bold and unapologetically earnest and while you’d stop short of saying something like they’re a vital band for our times, it’s good to have someone around who cares for them as much as they do
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  10. 7.7 |   Northern Transmissions

    ‘There Is No Year’ is a reflection of its subject matter; chaotic, troubled, intense and conflicted, defiant yet broken. A self-fulfilling prophecy enshrouded in a future-retro gospel-electro punk din – the soundtrack to the end of the world
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  11. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Algiers really fucking mean every note, and their radical politics soak through each track like petrol through a rag. If they overdo it from time to time, so be it – how nice it is to hear a band giving a little too much of a fuck, rather than not enough
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Mostly fine results. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Algiers are what would result if Verso Books turned into an art rock band. This is a very good thing
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  14. 6.3 |   Gig Soup

    If the third album by the Atlanta-based group serves one purpose, it is that if you give Algiers thirty-seven minutes to mix politics and their distinct sonic attitude, you will have one messy, overflowing melting pot
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  15. 6.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The Atlanta quartet lose some of their revolutionary energy on their synth-heavy third record
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  16. 6.0 |   DIY

    At their best when they opt for eerie subtlety over pure sledgehammer power
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  17. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    Grounded in historical horrors and gesturing darkly at personal demons, the gospel-punk band’s third album is shot through with dread
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  18. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    There Is No Year is one of the most disappointing follow-ups in recent memory. Knowing the group is capable of much more gives hope for a re-energized effort in their future
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  19. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    In isolation, none of the tracks here are a write-off, but as a whole they don't connect into the holistic statement that writers and performers of this talent and thoughtfulness could achieve
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  20. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Their highfalutin conceptual dismantling of the world’s ills may be self-soothing – even self-gratifying – but in being impressed by their own reflection, they’ve forgotten to consider how it might sound to anybody else
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