Algiers   The Underside of Power
3.6
great
Release Date: 2017
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4.0 excellentMeetMeAtBarItalia | July 2nd 17

This record is absolutely fantastic. By bringing more electronics and industrial influences to their already idiosyncratic gospel-tinged post-punk sound, the band increases the urgency of their music and avoids the trap of the sophomore album. I guess the revolutionary, brutal and extremely left-leaning lyrics are an acquired taste, but Algiers' worldview is far from being a fantasy, and Franklin James Fisher's words add necessary context to the darkness and the mayhem happening around them. This feels much more like an album experience than the self-titled, which perhaps had better individual songs, never hesitating to throw a desolate piano-driven song or a somber instrumental interlude in between the monstrous post-punk tracks. I hope this band is here to stay.

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2.0 poorbutcherboy CONTRIBUTOR | July 3rd 17

Hey look, Pearl Jam and Public Enemy have mashed all their most annoying aspects into one biteable morsel of shite..

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5.0 classicquetzal | July 2nd 17

Best album so far of 2017, potentially one of the best albums of all time

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4.0 excellentDIMS | June 29th 17

while lyrically, their last album felt more focused and well-writen, on this new project right here, things get wider and bigger and even messier and sparse as a result. the music surrounding it, however, always feels epic, flawless and absolutely commanding and it's hard not to fall in love with the whole experience, even with its shortcomings. 4-

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0.0 im in the fucking dunes come pick me up | July 3rd 17

i wonder how many psychiatric wards are looking for people that call an album with a 3.6 average "potentially one of the best albums of all time"

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3.5 greatAlabaster Jones | June 24th 17

The self-titled debut of Algiers did a lot of cool things. It mixed post-industrial with post-punk and gospel music, and was one of the most passionate records released that year. The Underside Of Power sees the quartet embrace the post-industrial side of themselves more than ever while still retaining Franklin Fisher's huge, gospel-influenced voice and some of the post-punk stylings as well ("Death March" in particular sounds very early-80's in this regard). Tracks can even rely on pianos here, like "Mme Rieux" and "Hymn For An Average Man" as well. The things that plagued the debut, however, that being somewhat listless songwriting and falling susceptible to melodramatic bombast, unfortunately do show up here, but just a little less frequently than before. In this sense the band is improving, however slightly that may be, and seeing as how there are some truly great moments here (just listen to the title-track for an example; it may be their best song to date), Algiers are still a band to keep an eye out for.

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2.0 poorFinn Baker | September 25th 17

For me, a 2 means "I don't like this album but I totally understand why others do" and that's exactly how I feel about this.

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2.5 averageEpicenter | June 28th 17

In short:

Music is mostly awesome

Lyrics are mostly cringy as hell.

Balances out to a pretty even 2.5, probably at around a 2.7, as the music is that good. It almost
makes up for the lyrics.

Pretend that you're far left and Trump is literally Hitler for maximum enjoyment.

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