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  • Summary: The British rock band self-produced its debut full-length album, which was recorded in an unused church.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    100
    WU LYF are a band to celebrate, a DIY tour de force, and their first album deserves a place of reverence in the modern indie-rock canon.
  2. Jun 15, 2011
    90
    Go Tell Fire to the Mountain and WU LYF by extension soar on how excitingly singular they are; I want nothing more than to love this, just this, forever.
  3. Jun 24, 2011
    84
    It's easy to imagine Go Tell Fire to the Mountain giving disaffected listeners the promise of an entry to something beyond themselves in a way that James Blake or Bon Iver can't. Maybe you've grown past that sort of thing, but what about a record of exhilarating expanse and passion that sounds like indie rock and yet feels way bigger? Well, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is that too.
  4. 80
    The swagger is really what drives that point home. Casual, not-bothered insouciance drips from Go Tell Fire To The Mountain.
  5. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is surprisingly just a little too ordinary to be considered the groundbreaker many anticipated.
  6. Nov 22, 2011
    65
    Offers both considerable beauty and ugliness. [#82, p. 62]
  7. Jun 15, 2011
    50
    Now stripped of their manufactured aura, WU LYF no longer have a platform but instead stand naked and shivering alongside hundreds of other bands with debut albums that don't satiate the need for instant greatness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    An album about liberty, love and peace. A album which does justice to british political music. A masterpiece delivered with relentless passion. We Bros and Dirt being highlights of the album

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  2. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    I will kid you, not. This is the best album I have heard in years. The song craft is incredible, the riffs are excellent and hook like the best of them and the voice... the voice! OK in three or four albums time that gruff scowl night tire but I'm sure that's what people said about Tom Waits too. This is an exquisite album. It is the first guitar album from the UK in ages to be drenched in soul and belief. You can hear the church they recorded in, the press they've avoided and the lives they've led in every track. Awesome. Download 'We Bros' for a distillation of what this album is about. Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    Extremely refreshing debut from these Mancunians. They seem to be having making music and would do very well to follow up with an excellent live performance. If only Kings Of Leon didn't become Queens of Lean they would be standing on Tom Waits' plateau by now. WU LYF aren't quite there, but they certainly have the air of serious fun-making. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2011
    9
    I can't say much about this album just that, after 10 or more re-listens that were motivated by the pure joy and emotion that I got from this album or the interest I got to get the album and come up with a thorough opinion I have to say I have a love hate relationship with the production. At time I absolutely love it. The vocals and guitars and percussion in this album just bounce off of each because of the church-like reverb. Then when I hear fantastic guitar riffs, I just wish to hear what they'd sound like with a tighter and cleaner production. But that feeling goes away quickly as soon as everything begins to bounce off each other again. I was thoroughly love this album. I think the vocals are great and appealing in the strangest way. Their "mysterious-ness" just adds to the whole aurora of the album. I love. "We Bros" will be one of my top tracks of this album as well as "Cave Song". "Spitting Blood" "Dirt" "Summas Bliss" "L Y F" and "Concrete Gold" are fantastic tracks as well. Great album. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2011
    9
    Brilliant album, lives up to the media hype for the band. at the first the vocals can seem a bit jarring but after a couple of listens it all fits together, very excited to see what they'll do next. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    6
    WU LYF might sound off-putting (those vocals!) but they are one of the most original acts out there at the moment. Their unique approach towards music can be found both in arrangements (swirling organ and percussion are bandâ Expand
  7. Jun 29, 2011
    0
    Not feeling the album at all, it definitely isn't what I was expecting, they're are not there yet. Try again please and come back with something good that I can enjoy... Expand

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