Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    With the third in his Essex trilogy Darren Hayman has surpassed himself, creating an album that is intelligent, heartfelt, and musically stunning.
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    Understated and thoughtful, The Violence is a true folk record that should rightfully see Hayman recognised as the national treasure that he clearly is.
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    Autumnal, witty, sad, lovely and very, very English The Violence is the high watermark of Hayman's career and one of the finest British releases of 2012, a record that neither floats, nor drowns, but soars.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    This is an album to intently listen to every single line and every single syllable. There is a strange kind of hope and joy to the album's warmest moments that belie the, at times, dark themes.
  5. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2012
    A major work. [Jan 2013, p.92]
  6. Uncut
    Nov 19, 2012
    His is a personal, emotive take, and it proves very effective. [Dec 2012, p.72]
  7. Nov 19, 2012
    It's a record that can be enjoyed on a simple music level, but also explored as an interesting take on a particular historical period.
  8. 80
    It's Beirut/Bon Iver/PJ Harvey brilliant, taking Damon Albarn's 'Dr Dee' to sublime extremes.

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