• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2011

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Jun 8, 2011
    They're also bracingly potent and screamingly vital; David Comes To Life is the work of a band openly aspiring to be great, and pulling it off.
  2. Jun 6, 2011
    Fucked Up's grand ambition may one day be their downfall, but right now it has produced an intricate, rewarding beast of an album, their magnum opus.
  3. Fucked Up actively refuse any sort of definition, and David Comes To Life proves that they're more than capable of shouldering that burden.
  4. What sets Fucked Up's new album aside from their previous records though is the accessibility and bright tone throughout.
  5. Jun 9, 2011
    In the end, the greatest testament to David Comes to Life is how it feels like there's more and more to it, even when you're already on sensory overload as it is.
  6. Jun 6, 2011
    One brilliant rock song follows another, defiantly leaden in construction but stalwart in performance. Rarely does such simple rock sound so satisfying.
  7. Jun 6, 2011
    What Fucked Up have done here is to take what they've been honing for the past 10 years and go one better, adding lush female vocals and celestial, electronica-inspired effects in an effort to constantly titillate and surprise.
  8. Jun 6, 2011
    It's one 
of the most overly complicated hard-rock records 
of the past ten years. It's also one of the best.
  9. Jun 6, 2011
    In "Turn the Season," "Ship of Fools" and "Life in Paper," the guitars suggest a torrent busting through a dam, sweeping away all in its path. It's an exhilarating, engulfing sound that might've been better served by a more concise album. But then F Up never has been much for holding itself back.
  10. Jun 8, 2011
    David Comes to Life is absolutely worth the commitment, a convincing demonstration of what can happen when a band works without limitations.
  11. 80
    The eighteen tracks and eighty minutes presented here don't hold a candle to 2008′s The Chemistry of Common Life but I truly admire the tenacity of this outfit to push on toward such a lofty venture.
  12. Jun 28, 2011
    It's a true testament to the band that its windswept glory-rock stays exhilarating for nearly 80 minutes.
  13. Kerrang!
    Jun 24, 2011
    Guitars buzz and chime, melodies uproot from the dirt and stand tall; the sum total being tan indefinable yet fascinating modern day rock opera that is as rewarding as it is unique. [4 Jun 2011, p.52]
  14. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2011
    Toronto six-piece deliver a killer concept album. [July 2011, p. 113]
  15. Jun 9, 2011
    The lyric sheet is essential to get any measure of the undoubtedly high-concept narrative, but the music is some of their most approachable and enjoyable yet, with extra depths to be plumbed if you so desire.
  16. Jun 9, 2011
    Musically speaking, it's a perfectly logical progression from Fucked Up's second album, 2008's The Chemistry Of Common Life, which itself strode recognisably onwards from their 2006 studio debut Hidden World.
  17. Jun 8, 2011
    To hear the band members tell it, David Comes To Life is the record they've been working up to for the past 10 years, a grandiose statement that closes off the first chapter of Fucked Up's history. It's anybody's guess as to how they'll follow something like this, but we're already excited for chapter two.
  18. Jun 6, 2011
    David ain't the kind of thing you want to hear every day, but it's the kind of thing someone is going to play every day for a month. Or months. Whatever it takes to come back to life.
  19. Jun 6, 2011
    Without a doubt, the hooky riffs and unforgiving pace make it a fantastic rock album in itself, but only Fucked Up would chose to play out a tragedy to this soundtrack.
  20. Jun 6, 2011
    The 18 songs on the album are all in the heavily layered, chamber-hardcore style established on Chemistry of Common Life, but Fucked Up is taking the idea to the furthest reaches, and somehow pulling it off.
  21. Jun 6, 2011
    There's no doubting the commitment in delivery though, with solid musical cohesion and a thrusting triple-guitar assault that has an astounding clarity and is expertly choreographed.
  22. 80
    The missteps of narrative are easily paved over by the energy, power, and fun of the music. As such, rather than feeling constrained or overwrought, this is a concept album where you can forget the concept for a while and just dive right in.
  23. Uncut
    Jun 3, 2011
    Two albums on and they're still assembling a uniquely imaginative mythology. [Jul 2011, p.82]
  24. Mojo
    Jun 3, 2011
    Toronto punk sextet's third LP is an epic soundtrack. [July 2011, p. 104]
  25. Jun 3, 2011
    David Comes to Life contains plenty of evidence that Fucked Up is still one of the strangest and most inventive guitar rock bands on the planet.
  26. Behold their evolution: while 2008's 'The Chemistry Of Common Life' album was drenched in religious connotations and spiritual euphemisms, this time, their rock opera about romance and death at an English lightbulb factory (seriously) is theatrics personified, taking listeners on a quest while still abiding by their precious DIY ethic.
  27. Alternative Press
    Jun 3, 2011
    Fucked Up's pop sensibilities remain impressively omnipresent, validating the hype. [Jul 2011, p.107]
  28. Jun 16, 2011
    The narrative of David is not quite as cohesive as Fucked Up think it is, the lyrics too cliché, but if writing a rock opera was the impetus required to push them to produce an album as gloriously overblown as David Comes to Life, then it's worth a thousand dead Veronicas and even more mopey dorks to mourn them.
  29. Jun 8, 2011
    It is an album based very clearly on a concept, an overall construct. Within that, Fucked Up once again morph themselves, moving further away from anything you could call hardcore (save Damian Abraham's voice).
  30. Jun 8, 2011
    Sonically, this is Fucked Up's cleanest album to date.
  31. Jun 15, 2011
    Even if you can't quite make out all the words to David's story, it still plays like a thriller.
  32. Jun 7, 2011
    Fucked Up's real appeal is simple: guitars, three of 'em, though it can seem like thirty.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    Not a fan of the genre at all, to be honest. But I give this a 5 purely because I respect what this band is doing. I mean this in the most nonNot a fan of the genre at all, to be honest. But I give this a 5 purely because I respect what this band is doing. I mean this in the most non ignorant way when I say, this album is telling a story, a concept I've heard, but I can't understand the story because I can't understand what the **** the guys saying. However, I do love the instrumentation, it's unique and is hard to find in this genre. I think what this band is doing is fresh, unique and original and I applaud them for that. I do not enjoy this kind of music in the slightest, but I respect this band for what they are trying to do. I gave this album a shot, I liked it to an extent. I just hope this band continues to make music with great inspiration and passion as they are doing so now. Full Review »
  2. Sep 21, 2012
    To say the very least, this album took me by surprise. When I heard that it was a hardcore punk album, I immediately didn't listen to it, atTo say the very least, this album took me by surprise. When I heard that it was a hardcore punk album, I immediately didn't listen to it, at least as much as it's possible to immediately not do something. Then it won Spin's Album of the Year award, and I knew I had to listen to it.

    From the very first second the delay-drenched guitars hit, I was in awe. Honestly, I can recall the moment perfectly: I had just returned my books and was driving home for Christmas break, listening to the warmest, most inviting, and best punk I have ever heard in my life.

    It's catchy, it's inventive, it's raw, it's furious, and it's GREAT. Listen to this album. Just do it.
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  3. May 10, 2012
    Give it four listens. It is loud and racous. It is hard to understand some of the lyrics. Every song has a heart and a primal beat andGive it four listens. It is loud and racous. It is hard to understand some of the lyrics. Every song has a heart and a primal beat and feeling. The best album of 2011 (if you can stomach noise). It is a movie in your head. It is the 12 year old kid playing air guitar in the mirror to the Who. It is a monolith. It is perfection. Full Review »