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Tracey Denim

Bar Italia

Tracey Denim

Third full-length album from the London-based trio Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    The prolific London trio chart a promising and imaginative course with their first release on Matador Records
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  2. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album that feels like a self-contained world without losing sight of songs that really work in and of themselves. It's a natural development from the trio and one that points to an exciting future
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Tracey Denim‘s slow-burning appeal may require patience from some listeners, but ultimately pays off with subtle flashes of genius
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The air of mystery that once surrounded bar italia might have evaporated, but with songs like these, they were never going to stay a secret for long
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  5. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    It’s refreshing then that their music comes without a prescribed meaning being spoon-fed to listeners. This allows the listener to come to their own conclusion
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's an album that's complex enough for fans of the band's previous work, and just welcoming enough for a wider audience
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  7. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    If the best new music sounds like an amalgam of the best music from 30 years ago, please do keep on keeping on and producing albums like this
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  8. 7.3 |   Spectrum Culture

    There are plenty of signs that Bar Italia are poised to reach the emotional heights of Blonde Redhead or Interpol, and for all their love of the past, they are clearly prepared for the future
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  9. 7.0 |   Crack

    There’s something oddly energising about having our own sense of living through a moment of cultural malaise reflected back at us: you’ve heard this all before, dozens, hundreds of times maybe, but you’ll likely be coming back for more
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  10. 7.0 |   Uncut

    At 15 tracks it rather drags its anchor, but there's much promise here. Print edition only

  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It adds up to an internal contradiction of an album: curious, wrong-footing, and, on its frequent highs, deliciously compelling
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  12. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    With a crisper sound and direct homages to underground music of generations past, the enigmatic London trio’s Matador debut is moody, moth-eaten record-collector rock that gets by on moody insouciance
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  13. 6.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Tracey Denim lives and thrives in the shadows of past greats, but is unable to escape them
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  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The interplay between their vocals is tense and compelling, suggesting early Blonde Redhead. Their lyrics, meanwhile, are mysterious knots of angst. Print edition only

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