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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British punk band was produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan and Nick Launay.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
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  1. Aug 31, 2018
    100
    Across its 40-odd minutes, Joy As An Act of Resistance makes you want to laugh and cry and roar into the wind and cradle your nearest and dearest. It is a beautiful slice of humanity delivered by a group of men whose vulnerability and heart has become a guiding light in the fog for an increasing community of fans who don’t just want, but need this.
  2. Aug 30, 2018
    90
    Joy as an Act of Resistance is a feature-length confirmation of what many have long suspected: channelled via frontman Joe Talbot, the Bristol five-piece are striking a midpoint between polemical and impactful, the grit of which few contemporary guitar bands have any odds of outdoing.
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    90
    Despite the visceral joy and catchy melodies of the music; it's Joseph Talbot’s lyrics that are the main event. Part social commentary, stand-up routine and motivational quotes lyrics.
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    88
    It’s a microcosm of Brexit England and Trump America, a distillation of pressure points that becomes audible with the ominous clickety-clacking drums and bass that usher in the staggering “Colossus.” And yet Talbot’s narrators find a way to rise above, and the songs turn strangely celebratory just when things seem to be bottoming out.
  5. 80
    Joy as an Act of Resistance is a cohesive banner proving IDLES practice what they preach.
  6. 80
    Over a visceral torrent of motorik punk-pop pummels recalling prime Pixies or McLusky, Joe hails his “beautiful immigrant” blood brother “Danny Nedelko” and celebrates his “mongrel” upbringing on “I’m Scum”--in a world run by bullish right-wing sex pests, his aggressive compassion is a potent antidote.
  7. Aug 29, 2018
    60
    Besides some pretty clear face value, there are layers, moods, attitudes and tones to dissect and unpick which are overshadowed somewhat as the album stands.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    This album will make you laugh, will make you cry and everything in between, its simply stunning. To create an album like this off the backThis album will make you laugh, will make you cry and everything in between, its simply stunning. To create an album like this off the back off the debut "Brutalism" is simply amazing and just goes to show why they have been dubbed not just "Britain's" most important band but the "Worlds" most important. Do yourself a favour listen to it from start to finish and then do it again! Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    10
    "You're not a man you're a gland..." - Is an excerpt from this one that had me laughing and marked the point where I realized how good this"You're not a man you're a gland..." - Is an excerpt from this one that had me laughing and marked the point where I realized how good this project really was. Dealing in absolutes as I usually do, this one's a 10. Thanks. Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2018
    10
    Such good performances and production one of the best records of the **** year babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
  4. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    The world is messed up. Rather than drown in this pessimism, IDLES have created an album that claps along with the absurdity of modern life. IThe world is messed up. Rather than drown in this pessimism, IDLES have created an album that claps along with the absurdity of modern life. I feel like this album—along with SHAME's 'Songs of Praise—has set the benchmark in 2018 for a new era of intelligent punk-influenced guitar rock with a political and social conscience. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2018
    9
    A powerful, head-smashing, fearless, empathy-driven and empathy-aiming record. So actual, so necessary.
  6. Nov 15, 2018
    9
    Personally my favorite album this year. So much energy and raw punk but scattered with clever melody hooks throughout the album. The leadPersonally my favorite album this year. So much energy and raw punk but scattered with clever melody hooks throughout the album. The lead singer has such a Johnny Rotten feel that it makes me like punk again. As historically the punk movement has been largely against the establishment and its rallying cry for individualism, its massively refreshing that the album takes almost a 180 degree and explores the absurdity of today's polarized politics whilst making it incredibly funny (ie in Blighty wants his country back... As he cries at the price of a bacon bap Islam didn't eat your hamster). You could almost call this anti-punk but its most aesthetically punk.

    Colossus, Danny Nedelko, Gram Rock and GREAT are the highlights of the album. Lots of tight drum work, a catchy jumpy baseline and infused with pop sensibility. Only criticism would be the second half of the album not as impactful as the first. Neverthelss a masterpiece here.
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  7. Nov 11, 2018
    8
    "Joy as an Act of Resistance" é uma chapada na cara da sociedade atual tóxica e preconceituosa. O álbum é repleto de críticas e, obviamente,"Joy as an Act of Resistance" é uma chapada na cara da sociedade atual tóxica e preconceituosa. O álbum é repleto de críticas e, obviamente, de sons fabulosos, acompanhados pela forte voz de Talbot.
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