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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the British artist Jordan Cardy features contributions from Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon of Blur and Mallory Merk.
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  1. Aug 10, 2017
    80
    Some gimmicky Grand Theft Auto-style radio interludes aside, this is a state-of-the-nation record that’s as sparkly as it is snarky.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 10, 2017
    80
    The 21-year-old's eclectic debut oozes attitude, his pithy social commentary binding together sonic excursions into breezy funk-punk, poundshop hip-hop and indie tearjerkers. [Sep 2017, p.115]
  3. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    On this debut, Jordan and pals aren’t afraid to contrast bravado with vulnerability, and it’s in the unexpected that their debut shines brightest.
  4. Aug 11, 2017
    70
    Although SCUM can sometimes feel like the 2017 update of music you’ve enjoyed from the past 20 years, at its best Rat Boy delivers some of the most interesting and exciting moments to come from British music this year.
  5. 60
    SCUM, then, is more revolt than revolution. But there’s undoubtedly talent here--and there’s every chance Cardy, not T, will be the touchpoint 10 years from now.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    60
    What starts off as a gang-signing, car-stealing, signing-on 21st-century Clash ends up as Jamie T robbing Jesus Jones, far more Westfield than Westway.
  7. Mojo
    Aug 22, 2017
    60
    Scum is a joyous mash-up of cheap beats, precinct-loitering aggro punk and youthful vim; it's by no means a classic, but you suspect Cardy may well have one in him soon. [Oct 2017, p.94]

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  1. Aug 17, 2017
    8
    Some may find SCUM 's blend of Jamie-T esque rowdiness, early era Gorillaz's experimentation and well disguised wit that nods quietly towardsSome may find SCUM 's blend of Jamie-T esque rowdiness, early era Gorillaz's experimentation and well disguised wit that nods quietly towards the arctic monkeys to be a bit much. But however clumsy and indecisive as it may be, there is an originality in Rat Boy's music that is as intriguing as it is raucous. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2017
    8
    Whilst some may consider "SCUM" an over simplification of Jamie T's "Panic Prevention," it isn't hard to see why Rat Boy has amassed theWhilst some may consider "SCUM" an over simplification of Jamie T's "Panic Prevention," it isn't hard to see why Rat Boy has amassed the dedicated following he commands. "SCUM" is a commercially underrated album, though that is unlikely to sit highly in the minds of the band. The record is teeming with a DIY attitude which excellently manifests itself in tracks like "MOVE," "KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK" and the eponymous "SCUM." Elsewhere, Jordan Cardy also proves that there is a more melodic side to his writing, deploying melancholic lung buster "LAIDBACK" alongside the Albarn/Coxon influenced "ILL BE WAITING." Speaking of Blur, the aforementioned pair separately gate-crash the LP with Albarn playing keyboards on "GET OVER IT" and TURN ROUND M8," whilst Coxon lays down the lead guitar on "LAIDBACK". In balance, some of the record feels perhaps overdone, but not to it's detriment. The skits work, but aren't overblown or over the top, and I could envisage that the band had trouble picking singles due to the vast quality of several tracks on the record (see "BOILING POINT," "SPORTSWEAR" and LEFT 4 DEAD").

    In all honesty, Rat Boy doesn't do anything particularly special on "SCUM," but it's a touch of personal charm that pushes the records past several of his contemporaries. The GTA vibe changes the dynamic of the record, making it a real shame that it falls outside the window for Mercury nomination. Overall, it feels like a unique calling card to have alongside a famously raucous live show, helping to dispel the feeling that they are just another indie rock band looking for a foothold, and cementing the feeling that Rat Boy is a name we won't be forgetting in a hurry.
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