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English Tapas

Sleaford Mods

English Tapas

Fourth studio album from the Nottingham electro-punk duo Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn

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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In both content and delivery ‘English Tapas’ is reminiscent of John Cooper Clark at the tail end of a cheap amphetamine binge. And I mean that in a good way. It’s bleak, tough and funny. Like life
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  2. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A confident stride into the mainstream that doesn’t threaten to lose the bite of it's predecessors
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  3. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Sleaford Mods call their music "electronic minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class." On their newest album, they are as aggressive, unpolished, and totally unapologetic as ever
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    For the most part it’s business as usual, which means Williamson venting his anger at everything from neoliberalism to the NME website
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  5. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    With echoes of the Fall and Throbbing Gristle, the stark tracks fittingly recall an era that demanded engaged art
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  6. 8.0 |   State

    People are fed up with the same old shit, and right now no one is sounding quite like Sleaford Mods
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Sleaford Mods have sifted the debris of what was once Britain and out of this raging adversity created English Tapas, a brilliant piece of art. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Stream-of-consciousness ranting has helped Sleaford Mods develop songwriting which is doubtful, while retaining its intensity
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Hitting so many nails so squarely on the head, yet leaving ample scope for confusion and rumination, Sleafoord Mods' success will only escalate further from here. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    These dozen visceral tableaux of modern life are shot through with flashes of gallows humour and offhand absurdity that tempers the overall vision of a “newborn hell” peopled by “dumb Brits
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Sleaford Mods are already one of the oddest British bands in this fraught political era. With English Tapas, they continue to push the case that they’re also the most necessary
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This comes through not only in the lyrics but in their delivery. Williamson has occasionally deviated from his usual half-rapping half-speaking style into actual singing, but never to the degree that he does here
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A bruising, brilliant post-Brexit tirade
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  14. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    On their first full-length for Rough Trade, the clattering duo Sleaford Mods remain bards of a Great Britain that is not in fact great, but sloppy, self-important, and wholly lacking in taste
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  15. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    If anything has changed for the band, it’s that they’re sounding more musical. The repetitive bass lines and faux-snare lock together into something more like a groove
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  16. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Perhaps that’s the biggest problem with English Tapas: with the rat-tat-tat repetition of the soundtrack, there is enough material to enjoy, but little to inspire
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  17. 6.0 |   NME

    Never stop being p**sed off guys – because it just sounds far too excellent when you’re in a mood
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  18. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Maybe it’s time for a musical rethink, but any report of the duo’s demise is a wild exaggeration
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    A band who divide opinions while being unflinching in their own
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  20. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Maybe the duo needs a year off
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  21. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    With song titles like ‘Drayton Manored’ and ‘Carlton Touts’ Sleaford Mods are almost becoming a parody of themselves
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