There Is a Way

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    60
    Self-describing their sound as "fight-pop," the impossible-to-type Scottish six-piece Dananananaykroyd stay true to their word on second album There Is a Way, which appears to be waging a war against staying in tune, coherent lyrics, and the concept of subtlety on 12 anarchic tracks that attempt to pummel listeners into submission.
  2. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2011
    60
    Their equally unexpected return sees them back on full-tilt, pivot-on0a-penny form, with their own label and--judging from that title--hardened professional resolve. [Aug 2011, p.81]
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 29, 2011
    40
    They've lost some of their endearing quirks en route, the songs often slipping into a tuneless mess reminiscent of early-'90s experimentalists Truman's Water at their most challenging. [Jul 2011, p.111]
  4. 70
    Produced by metal guru Ross Robinson, There Is A Way is a slicker beast than the Danan of yore, yet that rickety collision of a million ideas remains.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    70
    There are a few weaker offerings scattered across There Is A Way, 'Good Time' and 'Apostrophe' are the main offenders, but nothing that spoils a clearly accomplished record.
  6. Jun 14, 2011
    80
    This is a fun indie pop record that will not change anyone's lives but will get you bouncing off walls very easily.
  7. Jul 25, 2011
    50
    Robinson certainly bolsters There Is A Way's meaty riffs and hooks; those guitars sound a bit more Kerrang than NME on this second album. The band's songwriting too is more restrained and conventional, but always high octane – they scream overwhelmingly through the whole album without really letting you pause for breath.
  8. Jun 14, 2011
    80
    The major achievement of this record--produced by Slipknot desk-jockey Ross Robinson--is the broadening of Dananananaykroyd's sound, prising it clear of the numerous shouty young bands to have followed their lead.
  9. Jun 14, 2011
    50
    There is more maturity this time around, with an easier flow, such that the songs gel better as an amalgam. It's a shame then that the songs themselves lack the commercial edge to capture any sustained attention, giving the album too much anonymity.
  10. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    The more muscular sound apparent second time around assists the much-discussed lasting value of the sextet, making this album as much of a grower as it is immediate.
  11. Kerrang!
    Jun 24, 2011
    60
    The overall result being that Dananananaykroyd have finally made actual songs rather than the exercises in unpredictability they have in the past. [11 Jun 2011, p.51]
  12. Jun 14, 2011
    80
    The Glaswegians' real USP is the way in which they inject everything they do with equal levels of joyous celebration and outright aggression, conjuring up a uniquely delirious sound throughout this disconcertingly unpredictable, but never less than utterly delightful release.

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