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Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting

Every Valley

Third studio album from London krautrock / synthpop band blending news commentary and audio clips about the mining industry in Wales

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  1. 10.0 |   State

    Once again, the voices of the past are brought to life with deeply affecting results right from the off
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  2. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Manages to evoke a feeling that invests you in a full narrative from the first track
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Every Valley is certainly an important and timely record, but happily it's also an extremely satisfying and moving one
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  4. 9.0 |   Gig Soup

    Public Service Broadcasting have achieved the (almost) impossible. They’ve taken a terminally unglamorous subject matter and made a concept album out of it that works
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Public Service Broadcasting makes the niche universal on its hooky third album
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A record with a serious wallop
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  7. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Every Valley is touching and emotional but also a soaring and groovy record
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Every Valley is lush and symphonic, more interested in expressing the human spirit of the mining communities than aestheticising the conditions in which they toiled
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The overall effect is sad and stirring
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Feels far more substantial, as PSB's amorphous brand of prog, motorik and post rock integrates fully with BFI clips and first hand interviews. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Timely and useful. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Q

    Poignant and powerful. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The music beautifully captures a sense of awesome industrial power and a crushing sense of loss
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  14. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Uplifting instrumentals aided by weeping, billowy modern synth
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  15. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Triumphs thanks to an overabundance of songwriting ingenuity
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    Even more so than on The Race for Space, PSB seem less like a gimmicky novelty group and more like a new breed of intelligent, socially conscious pop music
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  17. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The focus of Public Service Broadcasting’s J Willgoose, Esq shifts here from universal to local, hopeful to betrayal
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Lament for a lost way of life
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  19. 6.0 |   The 405

    The album neither distorts history nor succeeds on a purely emotional level
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  20. 6.0 |   The Music

    Every Valley fails to capture the widescreen grandeur of their last album 'The Race For Space
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  21. 6.0 |   The FT

    It is tidy but lacking dirt: politics and the insecure aspects of mining, like chronic disease, are overlooked
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  22. 5.4 |   Earbuddy

    Every Valley‘s best moment is the song, “All Out”, where PSB go all out with a guitar-heavy performance behind samples of men striking because they WANT to work. Similarly, PSB may want this album to work, but it just doesn’t
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  23. 5.0 |   music OMH

    The political message is familiar, and will never grow old. The means of expression, however, can become a little too routine
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  24. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    While Every Valley can be quite an endearing hymn to the idea of “community” there is a sense that it also romanticises a job that was dirty, dangerous and, in more cases than seem possible, life-shortening or life-ending for those at the (literal) coalface
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