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  • Summary: The first new studio release in 12 years for the British post-punk band features contributions from Gabe Gurnsey, Mike Joyce, Eric Random, and Sink Ya Teeth (Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford).
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  • Record Label: Mute
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance, Dance-Rock
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 25, 2020
    A Certain Ratio's musical expansiveness is felt most strongly on the album's closing track, "Taxi Guy", a percussion/horns/electronics-fueled instrumental.
  2. Sep 24, 2020
    It's a continuation of what the band did three decades earlier on ACR: MCR, which showed Weatherall and company the way forward, all the way down to the recruitment of Denise Johnson as lead vocalist.
  3. Sep 24, 2020
    A heady amalgam of Ibiza chill-out anthems and Carnival bangers, with poignant choruses and repeated minor chords, ACR Loco is a stomping reminder to celebrate the eccentric pleasures of life in multicultural cities and the liberating night life they offer.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 24, 2020
    Offers something for everyone. [Nov 2020, p.25]
  5. Sep 28, 2020
    The occasional clumsiness of ACR Loco is easy to forgive in light of the album’s musical pleasures. After a deep dive into their back pages, A Certain Ratio found a powerful formula: paying heed to where they came from while keeping the door open for more all night parties in their future.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 24, 2020
    ACR Loco lives up to its title. [Nov 2020, p.83]
  7. Sep 28, 2020
    There's nothing super memorable about this record, nor is there anything horribly offensive about it either. Ultimately, ACR Loco doesn't match A Certain Ratio's past glories, but it doesn't erase their legacy either.