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Wheres My Utopia?

Yard Act

Wheres My Utopia?

Second full-length release from the Leeds post-punk trio produced with Gorillaz drummer Remi Kabaka Jr

ADM rating[?]

8.0

Label
Island
UK Release date
01/03/2024
US Release date
01/03/2024
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    Wry, riveting, chaotic, and infectious throughout, Where's My Utopia? easily upstages what was an impressive debut
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    As much a joy intellectually as it is musically
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  3. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The Leeds post-punk quartet embrace the prospects of experimental failure and, in turn, come away with a resounding, charismatic and dance-heavy sophomore LP
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  4. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s post-punk meets exploration meets everything we didn’t know we needed. “Where’s my utopia?” invites you to lose yourself in its surreal soundscape, and trust me, you won’t want to find your way out
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The Leeds quartet seek to obliterate the ‘post-punk’ tag with an eccentric second album that’s packed with surprises
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s structures like Where’s My Utopia? that make an album stand out, as does its sense of hope and perseverance, with the overall message that one’s struggles and emotions are valid
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A confident and substantial evolution of their sound. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It may not be fuelled by as many immediate hooks and gnarly grooves as The Overload, but it's a bold progression both musically and lyrically. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This music, while nearly being overburdened with irony, never ceases to surprise
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  10. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The album is a toybox of pop experimentation that hits much more than it misses. Turns out that the second album doesn’t have to be so difficult after all
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  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    An album that overflows, both in excess and excellence, with the former sometimes costing the latter its due
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  12. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    How to improve on a fantastic debut album? Make a minor tweak to an already-successful formula that emphasises something distinctive but underdeveloped about the original, of course
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The band’s expanding ambitions encompass disco, strings and David Thewlis, as frontman James Smith gets reflective
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  14. 8.0 |   The FT

    That’s not forgetting disco, orchestra and choir — on the Leeds band’s second album, sound is pushed to its limits
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  15. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    On their second album, the UK post-punks embrace a more playful, dynamic sound, while acerbic frontman James Smith trades caricature for self-reflection
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Where’s My Utopia? manages the old trick of making the personal universal, while hanging on to the righteous fun that drew so many in in the first place
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