• Record Label: Partisan
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2018
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 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. 100
    Everything about Joy As An Act Of Resistance is just so perfectly realised.
  3. Sep 7, 2018
    90
    Overall, Joy as an Act of Resistance manages to plumb new depths for Idles -- that they've achieved another record in such a short space of time is admirable, let alone one that shines head and shoulders over the majority of their peers -- and it certainly upholds their status as one of the U.K.'s most exciting new acts.
  4. 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.
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    90
    IDLES believe that community spirit and togetherness will be what ultimately guides us closer to happiness as a whole, and in Joy As An Act Of Resistance they’ve created a monumental banner for the movement.
  6. Aug 31, 2018
    90
    Joy as an Act of Resistance (and who, pray tell, can resist a title like that?) is one of the defining moments in modern punk and, with any justice, will stand as a testament to the working classes of the world and prove that new rock music is still being produced that can reach into your chest, tear out your heart-and then give you a great big hug that makes you feel like everything might just be alright in the end.
  7. 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.
  8. Aug 30, 2018
    90
    There is a profound sense of joy on the album. A loud, often frenetic, intense joy but joy all the same. The album extols the virtues of inclusion, of community, of love.
  9. Aug 27, 2018
    90
    IDLES turn trauma and anger into affirming lessons on Joy As an Act of Resistance, crafting a cathartic masterpiece that wears its heart--broken, but still beating--on its sleeve.
  10. 90
    IDLES aren’t being macho or destructive in suggesting that we might have to tear it all down and start again if we’re going to truly come together. This is the jarring sound of sensitivity in a new age of chaos.
  11. Classic Rock Magazine
    Aug 24, 2018
    90
    This album is a heart-breaking but jubilant exploration of joy, honesty, fragility and expression as our most powerful means of human resistance. [Sep 2018, p.88]
  12. Aug 24, 2018
    90
    Joy As An Act Of Resistance is everything anyone could have wanted or expected it to be: Idles have released the most relevant and at times gut wrenching album of the year.
  13. 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.
  14. Oct 3, 2018
    80
    As it is, Joy As An Act Of Resistance is shot through with stand-out moments, a great offering that you suspect will well and truly bring the house down when the band hits the road.
  15. Kerrang!
    Sep 10, 2018
    80
    This album announces IDLES as one of the most exhilarating and necessary punk bands of right now. [8 Sep 2018, p.53]
  16. 80
    Joy as an Act of Resistance is a cohesive banner proving IDLES practice what they preach.
  17. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    Idles offer so much more than mere spit and bile. The nuance of what’s on offer on this record contributes to the rich contemporary loosely threaded punk scene that has produced bands like Protomartyr, Priests and Algiers.
  18. Aug 31, 2018
    80
    Idles won’t be for everybody: this isn’t good-time, aspirational, radio-friendly pop. But for anyone in need of music that articulates their concerns or helps them to work through their troubles--or anyone who simply appreciates blistering, intelligent punk--they might just be Britain’s most necessary band.
  19. 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.
  20. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2018
    80
    This feels indispensable, as both bereavement therapy and Brexit-era protest. [Oct 2018, p.117]
  21. Uncut
    Aug 24, 2018
    80
    They add to their ongoing commitment to openness here. [Oct 2018, p.29]
  22. Mojo
    Aug 24, 2018
    80
    Their follow-up sees them crank everything up to the next level. [Sep 2018, p.94]
  23. Aug 24, 2018
    80
    They’ve created an album that manages to combine grief, self-loathing and a realisation that life’s better played honest, with a fine-tuned, brutal sound: something like bent sheet metal being hammered straight. Yet it remains listenable, so very listenable.
  24. Sep 5, 2018
    68
    While IDLES don’t sound dishonest on Joy as an Act of Resistance, both the urgency and the vagueness of this record create the impression that a declaration of “joy” might be a little premature.
  25. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 102
  2. Negative: 12 out of 102
  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! Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »