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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Feb 24, 2022
    100
    This album is so pure, so deeply felt that cynicism and pre-prepared anti-hype will just slide off it like a light breeze; that even low points like the clunky, ridiculous "returner" - the band's worst song, as if that means a lot for a band who've never made a bad one – barely make a dent. It's the finest work by a band finally mature enough to trust in sound and texture and feeling, and in good time it will outrun any lingering reputation and be crowned as a masterpiece.
  2. Feb 25, 2022
    90
    These are exquisite productions where Le'aupepe's rich, throaty baritone is framed by wiry bass lines, artfully arranged orchestral sections, and spiraling guitar accents. There's a frankness to Le'aupepe's lyrics, as if he's talking directly to you. Yet, even in his most earnest, off-hand moments, he finds poetry.
  3. Feb 24, 2022
    90
    They've burst out of the confines of "rock" to make something that's legitimately transcendent. angel in realtime is a profoundly beautiful, meaningful album from a band that has decided that every record might as well be a new magnum opus.
  4. Feb 25, 2022
    85
    Unfolding like a rock opera as it traverses the length and breadth of one man’s entire life from the Polynesian Isles to the Tasman Sea and back, angel in realtime is a bold and epic expression of identity, loss, and our need to believe in something greater than ourselves—in the divine—that angels do walk among us, albeit flawed but worthy of second chances.
  5. Mar 15, 2022
    80
    With Angel in Realtime, Gang of Youths have elevated their work to new echelons of arena rock potential. Listening to it from start to finish is something genuinely satisfying.
  6. Mar 1, 2022
    78
    Outwardly, Gang of Youths’ third album is one about grief – specifically the grief stemming from the death of Le’aupepe’s father. But more than that, it’s a moving and deeply personal exploration of the innate flaws of the human condition; of failing the ones you love despite your best intentions, and of falling apart and beginning the slow and painful process of piecing yourself back together again afterwards.
  7. Feb 28, 2022
    70
    Dig into it deeper and you’ll find a surprisingly rewarding account tell-all that sounds like an extraordinary premise to a film. And the score they write for themselves, as thrilling as it is, can be somewhat overwrought at times, resulting in an aural mood that could've used some dramatic nuance.
  8. Feb 24, 2022
    70
    It’s easy to see why Sam Fender took the outfit out on his recent UK arena jaunt, possessed as they are with heartfelt songs based in place and time, with a few fist-to-the-chest moments.
  9. Feb 28, 2022
    68
    At its best, angel in realtime. so convincingly sells his grand vision of the world that it’s easy to accept the grandiose production, too. The whole gambit is so outsized that, even when it only kind of works, it feels like a victory.
  10. Mojo
    Feb 24, 2022
    40
    The record's well-meaning earnestness is a little overwhelming, but it's the stuffed-crust arrangements that really grate, everything happening at once, and often for too long. [Apr 2022, p.81]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Feb 26, 2022
    10
    Con un inicio cargado de energía, Cannonball te hace querer escuchar todo el álbum, bajandoun poco al pop, BoysLie tiene esa onda actual conCon un inicio cargado de energía, Cannonball te hace querer escuchar todo el álbum, bajandoun poco al pop, BoysLie tiene esa onda actual con toques de producciones de los 2000's, sin duda podría haber más de 4 sencillos en este álbum, BiteMe se posiciona como un excelente primer protagonista, LIWYHM te conecta a las próximas entregas del álbum, como lo es LoveSux, otro gran acierto para este material, volvemos a sentir energia, tintes de pop y por supuesto, la voz en la interpretación te hace sentir el **** por el amor... Hasta aquí la atención al ritmo es primordial, empezamos la senguda mitad con un poco de honestidad y letras mas reales y parecido a lo que abril nos tiene acostumbrados como es el caso de KMLTWIE, Avalanchesy daré to love me Full Review »
  2. Mar 1, 2022
    10
    A wonderful album that should make the band huge stars. It's August & Everything After meets White Ladder meets Yankee Hotel Foxtrot meetsA wonderful album that should make the band huge stars. It's August & Everything After meets White Ladder meets Yankee Hotel Foxtrot meets Carrie & Lowell. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. Feb 26, 2022
    10
    A lesson in storytelling. From grandiose songs to strip down intimate family-centred stories, Le'aupepe and Gang of Youths strike again withA lesson in storytelling. From grandiose songs to strip down intimate family-centred stories, Le'aupepe and Gang of Youths strike again with one of the best albums of the last 5 years. Full Review »