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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British indie rock band was produced by Jacknife Lee.
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  1. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    60
    While their third third album won't win any prizes for innovation, it's pumped full of the kind of GM-modified anthems expressly tooled for both sticky-floored clubs and gigantic arenas. [Jul 2019, p.109]
  2. 60
    Technically accomplished and assured record, which doesn’t do a massive amount to deviate from the template of Catfish’s debut.
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    60
    They don't expand their horizons, preferring to stick to the hyper-charged British indie they minted with their 2014 debut, The Balcony.
  4. 40
    It’s stuffed with generic accounts of relationships, life on the road, times with the band.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 25, 2019
    40
    Parts of the album are perfectly serviceable but largely the songs become indistinguishable. [May 2019, p.26]
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Apr 26, 2019
    10
    Absolutely what was expected. Critic reviews mention how it is the same rehashed sound as the previous two albums released from Catfish butAbsolutely what was expected. Critic reviews mention how it is the same rehashed sound as the previous two albums released from Catfish but this is the exact experience actual fans want from Catfish. Too often do bands try and experiment with pop and electronic sounds, ruining their careers but Catfish's now three albums all have a timeless appeal. Overlap being my favorite of the albums rock anthems. Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2019
    7
    Another standard Catfish album, nothing truly innovative here but arena-level indie is what Van and co do best. For me it’s not as good as TheAnother standard Catfish album, nothing truly innovative here but arena-level indie is what Van and co do best. For me it’s not as good as The Balcony and probably on par with The Ride. My favourite tracks so far are 2all, Overlap and Encore. Expand
  3. May 3, 2019
    6
    The Balance by Catfish and The Bottleman is an okay album. The highlight is the opener Longshot.
  4. Jun 14, 2019
    4
    Coming from someone who liked the last 2 albums from Catfish, at least in parts, this album was a disappointment. I wouldn't expect a drasticComing from someone who liked the last 2 albums from Catfish, at least in parts, this album was a disappointment. I wouldn't expect a drastic change to their sound, but there is a failure to develop at all, and in cases, sees a regression. Even for fans of the band, this album is shallow, with the most catchy, if not very creative, tracks were released prior to the album, and are coupled together at the start of the album, meaning it's a downhill slope. Above all the biggest criticism I can give the album, and applied to the majority of the songs featured, is that it is in it's near entirety, forgettable. Hopefully the negative reception will see them try and branch out creatively with any future releases. Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2019
    3
    As a long time fan of Catfish, on the release of the Balance I was a little disappointed. The first four songs from Longshot to ConversationAs a long time fan of Catfish, on the release of the Balance I was a little disappointed. The first four songs from Longshot to Conversation all released prior as singles, for me four singles was too much, and as they released the quality dipped. As for the rest of the album, generic indie, big heavy drops, affected vocals, all done before but better in my opinion. I have to say the only saving grace of the album is ‘Intermission’ before the finale. The stripped back sound can resinate with the listener adding emotions other than over the top drops to which I can only picture crowds of teenage girls screaming to.
    I'm a firm believer in a bands 3rd Lp being a make or break. If you look at previous examples, Be Here Now by Oasis, they never touched on writing an album as good as What's the Story. Arctic Monkeys on the other hand a band that is known for switching up sounds with Humbug, joining the likes of Oasis as one of the biggest bands to come out of Britain. The Balance fails to bring anyhting new to the table and if the band decides to write a 4th LP, it needs a breath of fresh air because I would hate to see a band like Catfish that show plenty of potential fade away and forgotten.
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  6. Jun 3, 2019
    1
    One of the most pointless, inessential rock bands out there. How they've become so popular is beyond me. Nearly every song they've done soundsOne of the most pointless, inessential rock bands out there. How they've become so popular is beyond me. Nearly every song they've done sounds like a second-rate rewrite of an established rock hit. Instead, listen to Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood or even the friggin' Kooks. Flavourless. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2019
    1
    **** awful, its the same as the other 2 albums they shouldve called it the balcony 3

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