Drum's Not Dead

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. It seems the group have ditched their purposefully disturbing sound for something at once more experimental and listenable.
  2. Uncut
    60
    Much of Drum's Not Dead suggests a Ligeti score for The Blair Witch Project as played by The Residents. [Mar 2006, p.88]
  3. Blender
    60
    So goofy and heartfelt it's endearing. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  4. Q Magazine
    40
    The dual-drumkit, tribal incantations and ominous drones have a pleasing menace but when you factor in the "concept"... patience starts to wane. [Mar 2006, p.111]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. BobR
    Oct 16, 2007
    10
    Having the urge to listen to something different yet excellent? Here it is.
  2. EricC.
    Aug 31, 2008
    9
    An incredible album that many will miss out on due to the mislabeling of this album as difficult and challenging many websites and mags. An incredible album that many will miss out on due to the mislabeling of this album as difficult and challenging many websites and mags. Stunning post-punk with a serious experimental edge now common in the Brooklyn crowd (though they're in Berlin now). And I give them credit for not backing down when their previous album was attacked for being too bizarre (I still don't get how it was so abrasive for some people, though). They could have gone back to what earned them all that hype on their debut, but instead came out with another wild concept album.. Speeking of which, don't try to study the album based on it's concept. Come for the music and let everything else be cool little surprises. And while I won't take cheap shots at people giving this album low scores, please have a valid argument instead of just that "worst album ever" crap. You're not the f*cking Comic Book Guy. Full Review »
  3. RG
    Jan 14, 2007
    9
    the world created by this album begs a listen from anyone interested in the concept of an album. with just the drums a minimal riff and that the world created by this album begs a listen from anyone interested in the concept of an album. with just the drums a minimal riff and that dudes voice, a world of mountains vs drums is brought to life. through the course there are abstract pictures of varied themes that echo themselves. one of the best in 2006, great live act as well Full Review »