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Food For Worms


Food For Worms

Third album of guitar-based indie rock from the Brixton-based quintet includes a guest appearance from Phoebe Bridgers

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  1. 10.0 |   Dork

    Proper lightning in a bottle stuff, its lack of polish and abrasive edges capture the energy and excitement from one of the country’s best live bands and, pinching what another band said once, showing Shame at their very best
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  2. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    South London guitar quintet shame return to their valiant, charismatic best on new record Food for Worms
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  3. 9.0 |   DIY

    The sound of a band performing at the peak of their powers
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  4. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    Food for Worms‘ greatest strength is to chronicle how incredible it can feel to be in the presence of this band, at this moment. It feels as if you could almost reach out and touch them, rip open their shirts and feel their sweat
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  5. 8.1 |   Spectrum Culture

    The quintet has refined their technique to create something a little spacier and groovier, but also more emotional and bleary-eyed, like football fans chanting and sobbing together at the pub upon seeing their team win the Premier League
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  6. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    A dark, deeply felt album that resonates even at its most frantic and obscure
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    An album soaked in nostalgia and melancholy but retains the razor-sharp edge that make shame so brilliant
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The ten tetchy songs on show here don’t run, but veer, bolstered by a new recording approach that is less compartmentalized and freer than the London quintet’s previous two records
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  9. 8.0 |   Upset

    Get ready to have your mind blown
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    The band's third album packs all the punk punches with sharp lyricism, high-octane playing, and smart production
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  11. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Shame let go of their punky roots on an accomplished, purposefully imperfect record
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  12. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    The British rockers’ third album peels away from the talky post-punk pack, emphasizing melody, ramshackle piano, and reflections on friendship
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  13. 7.7 |   Northern Transmissions

    The band’s third instalment isn’t quite the Lamborghini promised, but nonetheless ‘Food for Worms’ is a good yet partially flawed addition to shame’s discography
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  14. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The British post-punk group hangout in familiar, occasionally perplexing territory on their third album
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  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Post-punk revivalists Shame’s Food for Worms shows a band unafraid to move beyond their sound. The result is anthemic, pulverizing, thoughtful, and expansive
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  16. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    As far as third albums go, this is definitely more of an Ultra Mono than a Skinty Fia
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  17. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Though some tracks may need a bit of wearing in, Food For Worms will likely prove to be an indelible step in Shame’s sound
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  18. 6.0 |   XS Noize

    Their willingness, and bravery, to explore new sounds, and moods, should be applauded. Yet, despite the experimentation, there is often a rudderless feel to the album, with the band desperately searching for the common ground they are comfortable on
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  19. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Veering between contemplative and bombastic, the south Londoners once more fall short of their early prowess
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  20. 5.0 |   Uncut

    The caustic wit of their first two albums is too often buried under shouty non-choruses and dirgey post-punk bluster, either side of a couple of more notable moments. Print edition only

  21. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Five years since storming onto the scene – it could be time’s up. Food for Worms is more evolution than revolution, a slow and slight nod to progression instead of the giant leap that would ignite the masse
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  22. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Aside from one or two cuts, though, nothing here is as satisfying as previous Shame highlights like the nervy, ominous “Snow Day” or “Nigel Hitter,” whose splintered dance-rock managed to be both hooky and weird. For the most part, Food for Worms manages to be neither
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  23. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    They’ve always been good at unnerving the listener, but at times here it feels confused
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