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It All Comes Down to This Image

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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio release from Manchester post-punk band A Certain Ratio was produced and mixed by Dan Carey.
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  1. Apr 19, 2024
    A Certain Ratio’s 2024 model is a lean, mean, fighting machine that delivers one of their very finest albums to date – and for a band who have been in existence for more than 45 years, that really is saying something.
  2. Mojo
    Apr 17, 2024
    Here they're presented as a crisp, razor-edged groove unit, with not a milligram of flab aboard. either instrumentally or melodically. [May 2024, p.84]
  3. Apr 19, 2024
    If it’s hard to avoid a certain deja vu in the urban Manchester feel or Johnson’s signature drum fills, there are more bubbling electronics this time and the songs span a spectrum from introspection to euphoria.
  4. Apr 22, 2024
    With help from Squid producer Dan Carey, the band’s core trio (Donald Johnson, Jez Kerr, and Martin Moscrop) have generated a wealth of modern beats and future-shocked textures, all while remaining in touch with their trademark spongy grooves and sharp rhythmic corners.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 17, 2024
    The band's first full-length project with prolific writer-producer dan Carey mostly stays within familiar punk-funk parameters, but is generally an infectiously kinetic, richly detailed, timeless affair. [May 2024, p.29]
  6. Apr 17, 2024
    For all their recent productivity and renaissance, A Certain Ratio are no closer to their zeitgeist moment. But with output as strong as this sitting alongside their back catalogue, they are all the stronger for it.
  7. Apr 25, 2024
    The first half verges on sluggish -- the call to "Release the pressure -- big, big fun" comes across as unenthusiastic, maybe even sarcastic -- but most of the songs do have an alluring quality. There's considerably more verve and buoyancy to the second half.

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