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Idles - lead press shot for Tangk

WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM FROM IDLES – TANGK

Since the release of their debut EP just over a decade ago, the Bristolian band ‘Idles;’ have grafted their way up to the higher echelons of rock, garnering a fierce, no-compromise reputation and bucketloads of critical acclaim on the way. 

‘Tangk’, the band’s fifth studio album is, according to frontman Joe Talbot “All Love Songs”…….”I needed love. So I made it. I gave love out to the world and it feels like magic. This is our album of gratitude and power. All love songs. All is love.”

The opening ambience of ‘IDEA 01’ lulls us into a false sense of what’s to come before being ripped apart by ‘Gift Horse’ but from then on it’s not exactly what you’d expect from this band.

Producer Nigel Godrich was bought in to bring an element of experimentation and has significantly influenced the soundscape. Closing track ‘Monolith’, with its sublime sax ending, tracks ‘Roy’ and ‘POP POP POP’ with their almost retro, late nineties lo-fi vibe (a vibe straight from the band’s home city) clearly show the band benefiting from Godrich’s influence.

The hauntingly beautiful ‘A Gospel’, with its ethereal piano track and aching, almost breath-like vocal is probably the album’s high point and if I’m honest, almost makes the album’s louder, rockier tracks superfluous. 

The record is undoubtedly the band delivering at the top of their game and will no doubt be well received by fans and critics alike however I can’t help feeling this could have been something very special indeed.

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