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  • Record Label: Relapse Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Hardcore Punk, Punk Revival, Post-Punk
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Kerrang!
    Aug 28, 2019
    80
    What's undeniable is that Ceremony's sixth album is packed with more memorable tunes than many bands can manage in a whole six albums. [31 Aug 2019, p.54]
  2. 75
    While Farrar’s restlessness seems authentic, he sometimes gives the impression of someone who’s lost track of himself, barking truths so obvious that they fall flat when said aloud. Still, Spirit World rewards repeat listens, a dense full-length on which a band with an ever-shifting identity finds a firm foothold, at least for now.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    Although new listeners may find this brand of new wave revival frivolous in such an oversaturated pool of sound-alikes, longtime fans, or those who listen close enough, will hear a band who has a little more weight beneath the surface than their contemporaries. Songwriting that isn't always complementary, but bold nonetheless.
  4. 70
    The album's pretty good -- especially as Relapse loves letting bands do this shoegazey wandering and overall 'finding yourself' schtick -- but with something so deep and filled with portraits of different eras and mentors, it's going to take some time to really say just how good, especially compared to an already profound discography.
  5. Sep 3, 2019
    65
    Fusing elementary post-punk with a radio friendly pop sheen, In the Spirit World Now represents Ceremony's most accessible collection of songs to date. Which, depending where you sit on the Richter scale of hardcore to post-punk will undoubtedly divide segments of the band's fanbase.
  6. Sep 3, 2019
    63
    This band knows how to break new ground, yet they sound as though they’re trying to summon songs that will miraculously slot in with their old material. It’s a balancing act that’s holding them back.
  7. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    They fare better as a dancey new wave party band than they did emulating Joy Division on their album before this, but for all its energy and drive, Spirit World is light on truly striking songs.
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  1. Sep 18, 2019
    8
    sounds exactly like 5 or 6 good 80s bands smashed together, but with the same rough edges and some new ones. very nervy -- love it