Saint Dymphna

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  • Summary: The fourth album for the the Brooklyn, New York, experimental rock band.

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Princes
[Tinchy Stryder] Yo, Strydes! Yeah, it's nice, it's nice Yo, cloud nine no hang Oh shit, Gang Gang Yo Look missy, I'm trying to get mainstream... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Saint Dymphna is truly Gang Gang Dance and no-one else and for that they should be applauded; creating and defining your own sound is a challenge these days that many bands prefer to shirk.
  2. Saint Dymphna is a dangerously sane blueprint for producers trying to capture what "futuristic" sounds like right now.
  3. It's rare to find a band with such breadth of vision, and although indie kids might balk at Saint Dymphna's shameless embrace of the dance floor, the rest of us will be lost in its agitated reverie.
  4. Under The Radar
    80
    They've cleaned up and sharpeneding their characteristic compositional sprawl, these tracks inject startlingly approachable vocal melodies and production touches into their usually meditative and marauding grooves. [Year End 2008]
  5. These tracks are meticulously constructed to engulf and consume, making layers out of the Casiocore and stone-drones that contemporaries like Black Dice and Growing use to build careers.
  6. 70
    When the band wraps itself around singer Lizzie Bougatsos' singular shrieks, they ascend to vertiginous heights on 'Holy Communion' and 'Dust Storm,' creating something truly transformative.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    Their fourth album proves more than just a trendy daliance, placing them at the cutting edge being honed by Dirty Projectirs and TV On The Radio. [Nov 2008, p.117]

See all 28 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    Hear us, O God, Our Savior, as we honor St. Dymphna, patron of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired byHear us, O God, Our Savior, as we honor St. Dymphna, patron of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired by her example and comforted by her merciful help. Amen. I wonder whether Gang Gang Dance prayed to Saint Dymphna during the recording of their brilliant album number 4. It is named after an Irish girl who was supposedly killed by her own father for her refusal to marry him after her motherâ Expand
  2. TroyD.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    My favorite album so far this year (better than "Third"), this is GGD finally releasing the huge disco beast they've held caged and My favorite album so far this year (better than "Third"), this is GGD finally releasing the huge disco beast they've held caged and writhing for years. A culmination of all their stylist collaging and (d)evolution. This is the most future-sounding album since "Kala" just last year. Expand
  3. DanS.
    Oct 21, 2008
    10
    Another fantastic offering from GGD, following through on the high expectations built up after God's Money and with promising in between Another fantastic offering from GGD, following through on the high expectations built up after God's Money and with promising in between projects like the Rawwar EP. More people should really give this band a listen. They offer a rare combination of sounding like no one else while also producing music that is so much better and more interesting than what the novel concept of "originality" in criticism usually allows. Expand
  4. Rob
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    An exhilarating listen from start to finish. GGD are at the top of their game and I can't wait to see what they do next. AlsoI, I'm An exhilarating listen from start to finish. GGD are at the top of their game and I can't wait to see what they do next. AlsoI, I'm pretty sure The Phoenix review gave the album a score of 75, not 30. On the site, it appears to be 3 out of four stars. Expand
  5. SDK
    Oct 22, 2008
    9
    This is a POP record people! More importantly, this is the culmination of what these peeps have been striving to release for some time (me This is a POP record people! More importantly, this is the culmination of what these peeps have been striving to release for some time (me thinks) - overall, GGD have successfully honed in on their vibe and style -- can't wait to hear what could be next! Expand
  6. MattA.
    Oct 28, 2008
    9
    Please, dear God, fix that 30 from the Phoenix right now (it should be a 75). One of the best albums of the year.
  7. Gman
    Oct 28, 2008
    9
    The album of year of the year without a shadow of a doubt. The average score would be higher if it hadn't been dragged down by the The album of year of the year without a shadow of a doubt. The average score would be higher if it hadn't been dragged down by the review on Phoenix. If you actually check their website it's a score of 3 out of 4 NOT 3 out of 10, so it should be 75% not 30%. Expand