Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 26, 2011
    77
    A punk band with a Steely Dan fixation they most certainly are not, but in their best moments these kids do rouse something as opulently degenerate and self-destructively lax as the Dan's cleanest work.
  2. Nov 23, 2011
    90
    A record that's easily as good as any punk release you'll hear in 2011.
  3. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    As a general rule on New Brigade, the faster, shorter and more atonal the tracks, the more intriguing the Danes become.
  4. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    The success of the album lies partly in the production, which allows the teenagers close to the limits of acceptable disorder, but reins them in and lays on the quality when needed.
  5. Sep 8, 2011
    90
    While it has been out in their native land since January and only recently been made available in this country through tiny New York-based What's Your Rupture?, this 12-track typhoon is exactly the kick in the ass our sorry punk community needs in the wake of Jay Reatard's untimely death.
  6. Timez Are Weird These Days is the perfect example of what London is capable of, snatching elements of popular music from across the decades to create a sound that's both nostalgic and refreshing.
  7. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    It's all tension and release, with barely a second wasted to gasp for air amidst the squall of a band on invigorating form.
  8. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    So whether it's the enigmatic profile that got Iceage noticed or all the name-checking and cross-referencing, New Brigade is really about a group that's making a name for itself, now and in the future. Iceage, to riff off the band's own words, isn't going to fade any time soon, only grow and grow.
  9. Jun 29, 2011
    84
    All these lurches and groans and crashes and bangs and stutters and roars come together to form one consistently rousing, emotionally immediate whole. From them to you.
  10. Jun 27, 2011
    70
    There's something lunky and crude that weighs down the chaos, even if it outwardly resembles arty contrariness. Motorik without motor skills, New Brigade actually sounds new.
  11. New Brigade is over in about 23 minutes, and each second feels well worth your time. Though the band can get sloppy at points, perhaps even a bit repetitive, Iceage have crafted some very memorable tracks here; and more than anything, New Brigade shows that this band has much more to offer in the future.
  12. Jun 27, 2011
    91
    While Refused deconstructed post-hardcore, Iceage's stunning debut, New Brigade, slaps vibrant new life into the worked-over corpse of post-punk, radiating a breathless, desperate, ramshackle charm that runs counter to the frigid gloom of the music.
  13. Jun 27, 2011
    90
    This ambiguity is precisely what makes New Brigade so exciting--there's no dogged political agenda, nor a desire to sound wiser than their 17 to 19-age range. And even if it sounds like a slush of trebly clatter, Iceage manage to pack a wallop of melodic transitions in each measure.
  14. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    New Brigade is charmingly underdeveloped, slapdash, and direct--in other words, absolutely thrilling.
  15. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    It's a lot to wrap your head around, especially given the brief run time, but it also hits with a powerful immediacy, even on first listen. Justifies the hype.
  16. 70
    The rest of the album sees the group continue to rip from the history of punk to make something decidedly fresh.
  17. Aug 4, 2011
    80
    A taut rhythmic thrust buttresses frontman Elias Ronnernfelt's laconic vocals throughout, while braying guitars pummel relentlessly over this breathless hurtle of 12 stunning songs. [Jul 2011, p.89]
  18. Jul 28, 2011
    80
    Not bad for four young men barely out of their teens playing rowdy, undiluted hardcore. That has a lot to do with the excellence of their debut album. [Jun 2011, p.85]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 5, 2011
    7
    These guys are the definition of punk. If you were to look at the definition of "punk" in a dictionary, it will have a picture of these 18 andThese guys are the definition of punk. If you were to look at the definition of "punk" in a dictionary, it will have a picture of these 18 and 19 year olds with a caption saying "Iceage". The entire 24 minutes of noise and ruckus is very overwhelming but surprisingly good. When I don't like an album, I stop listening to it and move on. This album was different. I couldn't force myself to stop listening. As far as noise and chaos goes, these guys take the cake. If you can handle total chaos with no specific rhythm, take a listen. It's worth it. The best tracks are "New Brigade", "Remember", "Total Drench", "Broken Bone", "Collapse", and "You're Blessed". Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    9
    Makes me want to get up and do something! Whether I do something cruel or something "good", Iceage couldn't give less of a This is record isMakes me want to get up and do something! Whether I do something cruel or something "good", Iceage couldn't give less of a This is record is dirty and ear-shattering but surprisingly catchy. Listen to it loud, and act out your youth or remember it. Full Review »
  3. Feb 14, 2013
    8
    New Brigade is a refreshing record. In a serious time of absolutely no punk bands around, Iceage manage to dish out twenty-four minutes ofNew Brigade is a refreshing record. In a serious time of absolutely no punk bands around, Iceage manage to dish out twenty-four minutes of high-energy, strong messaged tracks that are equally as catchy. All In All, Iceage are a great punk band and this is a very enjoyable record. B+ Full Review »