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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Australian garage punk band was produced by Ross Orton.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  1. Uncut
    May 22, 2019
    80
    Their debut burns through 11 tracks in 27 minutes like acetylene torch burns through butter, as spin-on-a-dime tight as it is exhilaration unsubtle. But there's more to Amyl than visceral wallop--namely Amy Taylor. [Jun 2019, p.23]
  2. May 22, 2019
    80
    Amyl and the Sniffers is a thumping, screaming, wailing magnet for misfits, losers, and outcasts, a clarion call for rejects and mis-shapes that is also an obscenely, outrageously good time.
  3. 80
    While these tunes might not have quite the caught-in-yer-brain stickiness of “I’m not a loser,” they’re longer lasting. Because the band is speeding so quickly, and rushing out combustible sounds, it takes more deep dives into the album to catch everything.
  4. Mojo
    May 22, 2019
    80
    Amid the aggro, Taylor's intense stack-heeled charisma dominates: whether raging or romancing, she's the queen of this glorious chunder from Down Under. [Jun 2019, p.88]
  5. 80
    It’s “pub-punk” for now, but there’s a good chance it’ll take them to much bigger stages sooner rather than later. It’s not big, it’s not clever, but it’s a bloody hoot.
  6. Kerrang!
    May 30, 2019
    80
    As an example of a band whose explosive energies are captured, rather than recorded, this is strong work. [1 Jun 2019, p.55]
  7. May 24, 2019
    60
    It’s not Amyl and the Sniffers’ fault they get treated like a second coming--more a reflection on how little great rock’n’roll there is right now--but it’s done them no favours. With no fanfare, this would have been a really decent record. With the praise they’ve had, they’d have had to make a new Powerage not to disappoint.

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  1. May 29, 2019
    8
    Though far from a perfect album, Amyl and the Sniffers self-titled debut bout is a fierce, aggressive, and loud introduction to a virtuallyThough far from a perfect album, Amyl and the Sniffers self-titled debut bout is a fierce, aggressive, and loud introduction to a virtually unknown group of musicians. Lead singer Amy Taylor is the anchor, and for good reason, but it is the quietly stellar guitar work of Declan Mehrtens that most grabbed my attention. Listen closely to the solos on "Monsoon Rock" and "Some Mutts," this guy understands the artistry behind a solo, and delivers two barn-burners. Expand

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