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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the Danish post-punk band was produced with Nis Bysted and Sonic Boom.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
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  1. 90
    It’s a huge, sprawling Britpop epic that evokes The Verve, Oasis and even U2 in its scope and power. There are walls of guitars, layers of backing vocals, thunderous percussive blasts.
  2. May 6, 2021
    85
    Seek Shelter is an album that surges irrepressibly from the outset and peaks at regular intervals over the course of its nine pieces. It represents Iceage’s most studied body of work to date.
  3. May 7, 2021
    83
    Even at its most sophisticated, Seek Shelter retains Iceage’s restless spirit.
  4. Mojo
    May 5, 2021
    80
    Throughout Seek Shelter delivers the sort of ragged MC5/Stooges/Stones cocktail Primal Scream have spent a career trying to nail. [Jun 2021, p.85]
  5. May 6, 2021
    80
    A rollercoaster ride of diverse influences, the album takes us everywhere from nods to the freewheeling indie rock of ‘90s Jesus and Mary Chain (‘Dear Saint Cecilia’) to glossy, sixties-inflected love letters (‘Drink Rain’), via handsome, string-backed introspection (‘Love Kills Slowly’) and, on the standout ‘High & Hurt’, there’s a thrilling rework at the midpoint of the classic hymn ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken?’ that imbues it with moody menace.
  6. May 6, 2021
    77
    Seek Shelter is ultimately less effective in its catchiness and sheer force, considering its occasionally clunky sequences, but Iceage attempting to write songs of unprecedented magnitude this far into their career is admirable. The album’s greatest triumph is its finale, “The Holding Hand,” which plays to their tension-building strengths.
  7. May 7, 2021
    70
    Ultimately, this record is a triumph for the band, born out of strange times, and although it may not be their best, their blend of bitter and sweet still rings true.

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  1. May 15, 2021
    10
    Wonderful to witness ICEAGE’s evolution over the last 10 years. Seek Shelter sets the band up for grand designs in their second decade. Not toWonderful to witness ICEAGE’s evolution over the last 10 years. Seek Shelter sets the band up for grand designs in their second decade. Not to be missed! Expand
  2. May 31, 2021
    9
    An album that channels the spirit of the greats (both gone and alive) in the best possible way. It's poetry, it's rock 'n' roll, it'sAn album that channels the spirit of the greats (both gone and alive) in the best possible way. It's poetry, it's rock 'n' roll, it's danceable and it's thoughtful. A truly immersive piece of work, maybe they're most concise yet. Expand
  3. May 8, 2021
    8
    Such a left turn from their usual work and it works. Choosing lighter experimental sonic pallet they navigate narratives with genres while theSuch a left turn from their usual work and it works. Choosing lighter experimental sonic pallet they navigate narratives with genres while the frontman never misses a beat. From the hypnotic opener "Shelter Song" channels 1975 better than 1975 did on their own recent effort"notes on a conditional form". The maturity of this record is one of it's best characteristics as the relentless aggression of their first three albums and the alt-pop of "Beyondless" aren't lost except honed and amped to tgeir extremes. The magnum opus (&single) "gold city" is so enjoyable that not repeating seems wrong as they pull off nick cave &the clash without sounding derivative. The black midi headache "vendetta" washes over you as it expands. This was a great rewarding listen. Favourites :gold city,vendetta, shelter song Expand