IDLES
Brutalism


4.5
superb

Review

by ianblxdsoe USER (30 Reviews)
July 30th, 2017 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: we dream in color, but we see in black and white.

There’s something different about walking through the city streets in the morning. It isn’t how I imagined it being; there’s lights everywhere, I expected that. But I expected some of the lights to come from the faces of the people. I know getting up to just have to walk for your daily commute to get to your shitty 9-5 isn’t the most exciting thing. We all know that. But what’s the point of living if you’re not living, you’re existing" Where’s the energy" Where are the people we used to be" When did we give up our interests and dreams for student loans and tax debts we’ll never be able to repay" Are we just supposed to wait around in some mindless circle-strolling" Where do the circles end" Where do they even begin" All questions that we pretend we know the answers to, but we all need to get over ourselves. We don’t get up to live our lives by working 17 hours a day, 4-6 days a week, just to save up for something we don’t even know yet. It’s time to stop seeing the world in black and white. We can’t all see in vivid color, but we don’t have to see bright. Really, we just need to stop viewing our environment as this, dark, black, cold, dead place. There’s just something different about getting off the couch that’s so thought-provoking. This ‘culture’ is crying out for innovation -- for resurfacing. Albums like Brutalism serve as shocking revelations, and we need records like this, because they inspire us to get off our couches, to wake the fuck up and do something with our lives.

Those city streets in the morning and their cruel intentions are the things that motivated Brutalism and albums like it. I know it for a fact. Such anger and angst is only justified in the way that it actually has something to say. There’s something channeled through these Bristolian punks that has the potential to start something. There’s a spark to be made here. I’m not talking about the fundamentals of simplified first-wave--punk-bullshit; not that big, not as historical. We just need a spark, even if it’s not through music. We need to spread fundamentals of freedom and individuality in a world of diminishing boundaries and encroaching walls. People like you and me, we’re not the same, but we’re not that different. Maybe the people around us are different though. I want you to tell your mate to stop dicking around on FIFA and go and play an actual game of Football. I want you to tell your dad to stop complaining about losing weight and actually start a damn diet before his health worsens. I want you to look yourself in the mirror like I did with myself. I stared myself in the eyes and figured if I’m not gonna give up the bottles, I might as well make the best of them. I told myself I need to get out and do something, so I’m gonna tell you the same. Get up, go out and do what makes you happy, cut off all the burdens you have, take a day off. I’m not saying go quit your day-job or go shit on a cop’s door or something, that’d be fucking stupid. But what I’m saying is; grab a canvas, pen and paper, guitar, whatever it may be. Create and stop consuming, fuck, even if it means just to stop reading this, go create, move this world a little bit further forward. We’re at a time where innovation is imperative, and in the deathly orbit of anxiety and mundanity that we all live in, we deprive ourselves of that ability and wrongfully convince ourselves that we’re too small for the big picture. We can be the big picture if we really want it hard enough.

Maybe I’m just a babbling book of nonsense to you. Maybe this will have no effect on you, and you’re gonna click on the highlighted “No” at the bottom of the page. But I want you to at least think about what you’re reading. Listen to Brutalism; it says what I’m trying to say a hell of a lot better than I ever could. There’s a spark to be had and I think we’re all tired of waiting for it at this point. Start a discussion. If I don’t think there’s a god, and that’s not the worst news of the day, there’s a discussion to be had; about anything, just to get some gears moving. We need a culture-shock. We need me, we need everyone here. We need our friends. We need you. So get off your couch, grab your pen and paper or your phone, go outside and get to know those city streets. Start writing. Listen to the sounds around you and think about what they mean to you, and what they mean to everybody else out there. We’re all human, and we need to do what we can to push the boundaries of whatever that means. Brutalism showcases that ideology better than I ever could. So do something. Anything. Get everyone you know. Go out and live a little. Make a change, even if it’s a small one. It’s all we can do.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shoutout to jack and arch for giving this a read and helping me out before posting, definitely one of my more conceptual reviews so i'm expecting ghost negs out the ass lol but constructive criticism is always appreciated and as always thank you for reading also let's see who can guess that summary reference

danielito19
July 30th 2017


11929 Comments


learn how to swear idiot

Flugmorph
July 30th 2017


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

aoty 2k17

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ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

eat my ass dan and yeah it's probably gonna wind up being up there flug

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


5646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich.. lovely review and a pos that works seventeen hours seven days a week,.

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Dissonant
July 30th 2017


164 Comments


Looks awesome, will check

ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cheers butcher you're the best hahah

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


2596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Will give another listen, good review man

ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks hogan

laughingman22
July 30th 2017


2771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, review rules

cylinder
July 30th 2017


1149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review

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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


1875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MY FRIEND IS SO DEPRESSED / HE WISHES HE WAS DEAD / I SWAM INSIDE HIS HEAD / AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID:



excellent review ian lovely concept good execution keep up the good work

ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if i could pin comments like i could on discord that comment would be at the top of my profile jack lol

BlushfulHippocrene
July 30th 2017


2012 Comments


Good write-up, my man. I should probably finally give this a proper listen.

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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


1875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

blush we're doing a listening party now if you wanna join

AsleepInTheBack
July 30th 2017


5091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A, as near as makes no difference, perfect review mate. Fucking beautiful.

Already heard good things about this and you encapsulate what I assume is it's essence so well that I'll make sure to check

ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks ben, means a lot coming from you man

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2017


1808 Comments


Album is the shit. Top work Ian.

ianblxdsoe
July 31st 2017


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks ramon yr the best man ahhhah cheers

EphemeralEternity
July 31st 2017


3003 Comments


lovely work ian i fucking hate that you're 6 years my junior



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