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American Football

American Football

American Football

Second album from the American indie rock band, their first since 1999

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Wichita Recordings
UK Release date
21/10/2016
US Release date
21/10/2016
  1. 10.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    In a year of excellent records, American Football have quite possibly made the best
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Even if there are another 17 years between this and the next album — or no next one at all — there will exist the intensely desired second chapter that did right by its legacy
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  3. 9.0 |   The 405

    This is how a band aimed at young people is meant to grow up
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  4. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Like it did in 1999, American Football proves its ability to stand out in a sea of contemporaries and imitators, post-aughts emo revival or no
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While their music may sound as fresh as ever, American Football’s message these days is clear: time takes everything
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  6. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The intervening years have been kind to the group; its easy chemistry remains a dialogue full of endearing, if not ample, surprises
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    After nearly two decades of dormancy, it’s incredible to think that there’s never been a band that’s come close to emulating what makes American Football, American Football
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Beautiful, sad, uplifting, and thoughtful, American Football’s return is definitely something to get excited about, but in a subdued way. Naturally
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    For anyone who felt the band were gone too soon in their first incarnation, this is a welcome trip into familiar territory
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Some might miss the more abstract appeal of the original AF album, but the way the band updates and slightly expands that approach makes this new album a resounding success
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Like its predecessor, this is a record you’ll want to spend endless nights with
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  12. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    To paraphrase Homer Simpson, LP2 is by and for people who are lucky to find a half hour a week in which to get wistful
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s gratifying to see American Football catch up with their own history
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    Sounds exactly like a follow-up to its pre-millennium predecessor, without sounding like a dated rehash
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  15. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Despite its new perspective, the band won’t alienate fans or turn away new listeners, though the album may be a hard sell to anyone who isn’t already a fan
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  16. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Upon first listen, the mannered passivity of American Football sure does undermine the wide-eyed vitality of their 1999 debut
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  17. 6.0 |   DIY

    17 years in waiting, American Football’s return comes with more than a few preconceptions
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  18. 5.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It’s not breaking news that reunion music isn’t a revelation, but this album seems worse than the merely dull crop of new Owen material
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  19. 4.0 |   Onlike

    This “whatever” of a record maybe could have somehow passed, if this was made by a new band, but knowing what American Football have previously done, their new album was unquestionably not worth waiting 17 years
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  20. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    Midwestern emo legends American Football return with a companion album to their lone 1999 LP
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