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The Twits

Bar Italia

The Twits

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

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Bar Italia’s ambition and scope seems to increase exponentially with each passing release, and to pull off two great leaps forward in a single year is a hugely impressive feat. This is rich, idiosyncratic music that’s too wild and strange to copy
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    The group is building a snowball down the hill towards the limelight and away from the mysterious musical ghost with little digital footprint. Like the train leaving the station, bar italia’s momentum feels unstoppable at this point
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  3. 8.0 |   Dork

    ‘The Twits’ is a dynamic, evocative, and overall pretty cool album. With unexpected twists and turns, there’s a dark grunginess throughout which makes it feel like it could be the soundtrack to some sort of noir film
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  4. 7.1 |   Northern Transmissions

    They’ve got the passion, the attitude, the musical chemistry. They just needs to shake off a bit of that coolness and flaunt it
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  5. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Such is the level of mystique that you wonder if we’ll hear from them for years now, or they’ll have another LP out in the Spring. The not knowing is the best bit. It’s at once pre-Internet and social media nostalgic and a black hole in the over sharing of the Tik Tok now. Refreshing
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  6. 7.0 |   DIY

    All those who lapped up ‘Tracey Denim’ will be satisfied here. ‘The Twits’ may yet charm a few more besides
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  7. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    On the buzzy UK band’s second album in six months, they explore new strains of rock while staying true to their scuzz
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    While not as immediately trance-inducing as their debut, The Twits finds the band in a newly roiling, bellicose state of transformation
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  9. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    On its second album of 2023, the London trio looks to enliven its bookish, deadpan indie rock formula
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  10. 6.8 |   Spectrum Culture

    There would be a lot for them to gain by becoming a band more focused on songs, and the best moments of The Twits are evidence of it
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  11. 6.0 |   The Observer

    There’s a swagger to the best songs on the indie trio’s second album in six months – until the tempo drops
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  12. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    bar italia's second album on Matador this year is at its best where the individual ideas of its three members intersect
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  13. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A queasy heat seeps into the Sonic Youth hiss and clang of My Little Tony, Jelsy's Bad Seeds metallic thrum and Shoo's slow, high plains drift. Print edition only

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