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  • Summary: The debut album for the British rock band led by Dan Devine includes influences from heavy metal and hard rock bands.
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  1. May 15, 2012
    80
    In sticking two fingers up at both their detractors and Dalston, they've crafted one of the most viscerally engaging British rock albums in years.
  2. Capped with Dan Devine's vocals – a scream as angry as it is distraught – this is despair with a backbeat, and punk as it should be: courageously self-destructive.
  3. 70
    Better Living remains a repetitive, tonally monotonous album. But its a repetitiousness which works to further evoke a life of spirit-crushing routine, while reinforcing the idea of a permanent headache.
  4. May 2, 2012
    60
    As opening statements go, Better Living is comprehensive and, as a hardcore punk album, it is extremely successful.
  5. May 21, 2012
    60
    The fury here comes from an ominous intensity and oppressive claustrophobia. And that makes this album raw, anarchic, bleak and enjoyably nasty. [45 May 2012, p.53]
  6. May 2, 2012
    60
    Raw, exhilarating and completely mystifying.
  7. May 2, 2012
    40
    Much of Better Living recalls that time when the ugly end of post-Crass anarcho punk segued into the metallic sounds of grindcore... when melody seemed bourgeois and energy was the most valued commodity. [May 2012, p.92]

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