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Evil Spirits

The Damned

Evil Spirits

The first album in a decade from one of the original British punk acts recorded live by producer Tony Visconti

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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A batch of songs that snap and snarl in all the right places. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The results are terrific, harking back to The Black Album and Strawberries, with lots of Phantasmagoria-like gothic pop and '60s-via'80s garage a la Naz Nomad. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Evil Spirits is their best work in 35 years, so if you last heard them performing Eloise on Top Of The Pops or haven’t purchased one of their albums since Strawberries, then it’s time to give them another hearing
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Evil Spirits is a master class in growing older without becoming lame and embarrassing
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  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There’s a real sense of defiant optimism here
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  6. 8.0 |   Punk News

    A release that acts as much as a return to glory as it does a self-definition for the band
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  7. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    What truly makes Evil Spirits so intriguing is that no one thought anyone from punk's first decade could make an album this competent in 2018 — especially not the Damned
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  8. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Gone are the discordant, hairy harmonies. Gone are the deadly distorted guitars. Gone is the temptation to hit the drums as hard and fast as possible. Do these reductions make it a butchered record? No. Does it sound like a classic from The Damned? Absolutely not
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  9. 7.0 |   The Music

    A wickedly inviting labyrinth of joyous pomp and campy gothica
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    This doesn't have the deranged glee of Smash It Up, but follows the streamlined energy of classic 1982 Damned album Strawberries. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While Evil Spirits isn't a late-career masterpiece, Visconti's production chops have at least ensured a warm and rich listening experience
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