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  • Summary: The first live release for the British post-punk band features the live recording from its 3 December 2018 set at the Le Bataclan in Paris.
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  1. Dec 5, 2019
    85
    A live album is of course still an album and not the real experience, but A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan stands well as a souvenir of what has been an extraordinary stretch for the band.
  2. Uncut
    Dec 5, 2019
    80
    The live setting and frontman Joe Talbot's inter-song exhortations heighten the feeling of being sucked into communal catharsis. [Jan 2020, p.26]
  3. Mojo
    Dec 5, 2019
    80
    A deep, thrilling listen. [Jan 2020, p.88]
  4. Dec 9, 2019
    80
    They’ve emerged as one of the most vital punk-fuelled bands of the age, and their live show is a huge part of that. Check this out to see why. [7 Dec 2019, p.54]
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 10, 2019
    80
    Their basic musical ethos - pounding, bass-driven punk brutalism delivered beneath a banner of love, compassion and unity - comes into its own, particularly when recorded in Le Bataclan, a venue with its own powerful stamp of solidarity. [Jan 2020, p.89]
  6. Q Magazine
    Dec 17, 2019
    80
    It's a raucous, righteous performance, one that underscores IDLES' current status as Britain's most vital band. [Feb 2020, p.112]
  7. Dec 5, 2019
    70
    The set moves from strength to strength, but honestly, this is to be expected, as they made very few missteps on their first two records. Although this doesn't paint a complete picture, the recording does capture the added layers of dissonance and Talbot's erratic on-stage persona, as he switches from a snarling, sardonic showman to a political advocate to a humble bastion of the people.
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    A live album is of course still an album and not the real experience, but A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan stands well as aA live album is of course still an album and not the real experience, but A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan stands well as a souvenir of what has been an extraordinary stretch for the band. Expand