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Serfs Up!

Fat White Family

Serfs Up!

Third album of lo-fi rock from the South London band led by Lias and Nathan Saoudi

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    People are talking about the music. People are dancing. People know Fat White Family are better than maybe Fat White Family themselves think they are
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  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The title Serfs Up is a clear nod to the Beach Boys‘ 1971 long player ‘Surf’s Up‘. We can only hope, given the apparently fragile state of his mind, that Brian Wilson never gets to hear it, because this is the kind of thing that could easily tip him right over the edge. For anyone else, of course, it’s an absolutely essential listen
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    Whether the Fat Whites are cavaleering through a disco dystopia or spinning together tramadol-dub ditties, their music remains an essential and completely unstoppable force
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    There is a subversive pulse even in its brightest corners, and unexpected moments of silliness and joy throughout. Serfs Up! provides a glistering antidote to the wasteland of Britain in 2019
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Fat White Family deserves to bring their baffling, enervating, invigorating selves to a wider audience
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Now, over the course of three albums, they’ve shifted their grosser tendencies over to their numerous side-projects and suddenly developed an air of culture and sophistication
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Pop music at its subversive best. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Serfs Up! feels like a giant leap forward
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Their most coherent, rousing album yet
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    On their third record, ‘Serfs Up!’, the rancid rockers finally realise their ambitions. Repulsion still reigns, but this time they have tunes to pull you in
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  11. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Fat White Family's audacious charisma remains intact on the new record, but the great leap that sets it apart from earlier albums is the fidelity
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  12. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    These narcotic ne’er-do-wells have forged a near genre-less sonic odyssey; if they’re still around for album four, through more tales of infighting, hallucinations and horse tranquilizers no doubt, who knows what they’ll sound like next
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  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This record is a triumph that feels, just as the end was in sight, like a real beginnin
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  14. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    One must admire and applaud Fat White Family for their courage and bravery, which on several tracks, particularly on the first half of Serfs Up!, works well
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  15. 7.0 |   All Music

    The band shows significant growth here on what is easily their most accomplished effort to date
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  16. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    This is a record less obtuse than previous offerings, though equally placed on a stage of ugliness
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  17. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Serfs Up! feels effortless for the wrong reasons—though Fat White Family's sheen of coolness and atmospheric moods almost hides a lack of songcraft, it's best suited as background music
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  18. 6.0 |   The Music

    Serfs Up!' is a record that only occasionally plays to Fat White Family’s strengths
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  19. 3.0 |   Crack

    A trudging, charmless effort, Fat White Family’s most offensive act might just be the utter dullness their every move inspires
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  20. 2.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Basic beats and uninspiring synth grooves coupled with less than forceful vocals don’t provide enough heft to encourage much listener engagement
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