Beat Pyramid - These New Puritans

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Beat Pyramid begins and ends in the middle of the same sentence, literally and figuratively, but it doesn't come across as contrived or insincere, thanks mostly to Barnett, who conveys his words in a manner that is simultaneously solemn and half-winking, as if he knows they could be totally wrong, but he's going to say them like they're all he's got left, anyway.
  2. Beat Pyramid is an idiosyncratic, swaggering, and intellectual album, but more importantly for the listener, a damn exciting and original one too.
  3. Beat Pyramid proves to be an affirming and promising first step.
  4. 80
    Balancing staccato rhythms and itchy guitars with a neat line in woozy, trance-like synthesisers, they have an oblique lyrical bent that's all their own. [Feb 2008, p.80]
  5. Anyone bored by the kitchen sink will find much to love here. [Feb 2008, p.97]
  6. 60
    New Puritans sound best when living up to that Fall-derived name. [Feb 2008, p.113]
  7. There's a statement being made here, but its aim is anybody's guess. [Spring 2008, p.85]
  8. 70
    These New Puritans prove the model perfected by New Order ain't dying anytime soon. {Apr 2008, p.106]
  9. Beat Pyramid crosses genres, sticks pins in everything it sees and manages to reference hip-hop, punk, new-wave, dubstep and everything in between. For that alone, These New Puritans should be applauded.
  10. Cut adrift with its own bewildering reference points, peppered with glimpses of cryptic brilliance and slabs of deceptive nonsense, Beat Pyramid is a flawed patchwork masterpiece.
  11. As a tribute, the album is nearly impeccable. As an original piece of artistry? Not so much. [14 Mar 2008, p.77]
  12. It's all forbiddingly stern--an album that impresses more than it seduces--but fizzing with possibility.
  13. There’s still plenty of bits on Beat Pyramid you’ll find exhilarating. But the rest of the time, you’ll find yourself wishing These New Puritans would ascend above its well-established reference points.
  14. These New Puritans play it smart, but in service of an earnest query rather than their own smartness.
  15. 70
    Most of their songs gallop by in a minute or two, erupting with new beats the moment they start to itch. [Apr 2008, p.83]
  16. They are a talented, enthusiastic and timely band; I feared that it’s ageist of me to suggest that their debut album isn’t great because they’re too young.
  17. While the die-hard These New Puritan fan might be annoyed that six of these tracks have been released before, there's enough to make it abundantly clear here is a band with a brilliant sense of invention.
  18. Hypnotic repetition, mysterious soundscapes and recurring lyrical codes render this debut utterly engrossing and totally essential.
  19. The motions are there, but Beat Pyramid lacks real true depth.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. OmarO.
    Mar 28, 2008
    This is a breath of fresh air. Anybody not familiar with These New Puritans will probably approach them with the idea, "Oh no , not another British indie band," but these guys really start to grow on you once you get to know them. The album is solid and every song stands well on it's own. These New Puritans will probably seem like another seem like just another indie band but this album shows that they provide an interesting sound that places them in a league of their own among their peers. Full Review »
  2. StevenH
    Mar 26, 2008
    These New Puritans pick up where Bloc Party left off. Very aggressive, dark, post punk. The lyrics are very repetitive which will probably turn some people off, but I went into this expecting a dance album (it isn't), so that didn't bother me. I did like it though, give it a shot if you liked Silent Alarm. Full Review »