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The Official Body


The Official Body

Third album from the London-based DIY post-punk trio produced by former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Shopping teach us that, even when we’re dealing with the imploding world around us, it’s still OK to dance
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  2. 8.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Shopping continue to do what they do best, using their bass lines and unique perspective to provide a source of kinship, understanding and an outlet to vent general frustration
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    There’s a directness to its pleasures that’s unflagging for all 10 tracks here, which find the band—after two records of interrogating power dynamics, personal and political—“amping up the party vibe,” or so they say
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  4. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Wrangles their elastic, post-punk spirit into an urgency that feels bonded to the present. It makes for songs that are as mesmerizing as they are exhilarating
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    A dazzlingly creative effort, it might well be SHOPPING’s most complete, concise, and fascinating release yet
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Another great album from one of the UK’s best underground talents who may not remain so underground for long
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If they are disposable then they share X-Ray Spex’s view of consumerism, countering the artifice with songs that are defiantly alive
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  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A band and an album ready to spit in the face of a broken, Brexit Britain. Post-punk has never felt so punk
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  9. 7.2 |   Earbuddy

    Shopping’s formula is still good so no major changes are necessary, especially when the songwriting is on point
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  10. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A record that finds Shopping transcending a difficult set of circumstances to create a standout album
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  11. 6.4 |   Gig Soup

    Set to dazzle with its minimalist approach to rock music, and its various homages to influences
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  12. 6.0 |   The 405

    Seeing the band on their current tour would be the best way to experience these songs
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  13. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Shopping's constraints still define them on The Official Body. Economy can be great, but it's starting to limit this band
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  14. 6.0 |   NME

    This is a record to dance to, but it’s also a record to help you question the world around you
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  15. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Pretty timeless in its feel – it would be hard to pin it down to a year or even era if listened to in isolation
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  16. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    On this tired, tired album, Shopping's sound is the most exhausted
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