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  • Artist(s): Sebastien Grainger, Jesse F. Keeler
  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the Canadian duo of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler was produced by Dave Sardy.
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Trainwreck 1979
I was born on the highway In a trainwreck With a heart that was beating Outta my chest So now I follow it around the world I can't keep up if I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Kerrang!
    Oct 3, 2014
    100
    The Physical world is a perfect storm of groovy punk. [13 Sep 2014, p.54]
  2. Alternative Press
    Sep 3, 2014
    90
    The Physical World is a triumphant statement that the two musicians have moved forward artistically. [Oct 2014, p.97]
  3. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    A lot has happened in 10 years, but DFA’s approach to making ferocious music certainly hasn’t.
  4. Sep 9, 2014
    70
    When they do get it right, as they frequently do on The Physical World, it does provide you with more than a simple nostalgia fix.
  5. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2014
    70
    It's a strong return, though bad luck for the copycatting Royal Blood and DZ Deathrays who'd been counting on their obsolescence. [Nov 2014, p.72]
  6. Nov 6, 2014
    67
    The Physical World proves that not only is 2004 just far back enough to merit nostalgia, but that this return opens our first portal back.
  7. Q Magazine
    Sep 3, 2014
    40
    On too much of The Physical World they sound like a pale imitation of themselves. [Oct 2014, p.108]

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  1. Feb 24, 2015
    10
    Since it had been a long time since Death from Above 1979 released their last album, I was rather surprised to find something new under theirSince it had been a long time since Death from Above 1979 released their last album, I was rather surprised to find something new under their name when I arrived at the record store. I loved their first album, so I figured that it made sense to give their second a try. Other than Government Trash which is probably not their best effort, there is not a single song on this record which isn't absolutely perfect for people such as myself who love tunes with an attitude. Crystal Ball is a masterpiece, Nothin' Left is close to perfect and while I don't like the slightly poppy sound in the chorus of Trainwreck 1979, it is hard to dismiss it. I have a rather large collection of music which includes Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Megadeth, but I find myself returning to this album way too often to say anything other than it is a must-buy. Expand
  2. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    This is an exciting album, full of the punk rock-dance vibe grooves we expect. It's also beautifully arranged. Instead of going 100 milesThis is an exciting album, full of the punk rock-dance vibe grooves we expect. It's also beautifully arranged. Instead of going 100 miles per hour start to finish, Cheap Talk starts us with a head bobbing rocker, and then propels us to full speed with Right On Frankenstein. Virgins evens it back out, and the rest of the album follows as a survey of mountains and valleys along the road. It's worth it in the end, where the closing track The Physical World takes us to wonderful dark place that's totally off the map. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    If you're expecting anything too different from Death From Above 1979 first album "You're a woman i'm a machine" don't even listen to thisIf you're expecting anything too different from Death From Above 1979 first album "You're a woman i'm a machine" don't even listen to this record. That said, there are some slight differences between this and the first album. First off, you can tell It's a little bit "Popier", mainly because of the structure most of the songs have. Also the synth sounds are a lot more present, though they're always in the background, mostly used as "fillers".
    Putting those two things aside this band is the same one that split almost 10 years ago, they still have their fabulous bass riffs and their trashy singing style.
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  4. Sep 10, 2014
    9
    This long awaited follow up to their debut album is refreshing yet nostalgic at the same time. All the songs are in keeping with the classicThis long awaited follow up to their debut album is refreshing yet nostalgic at the same time. All the songs are in keeping with the classic 'Death From Above' sound, but this album feels like they've really worked on intertwining some different styles and the production (although I love the loose production on their debut) is top notch. Great tunes, great band - go buy this...NOW!!! Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2014
    8
    Though I wanted a little bit more from the hard-hitting Canadian duo, I'm not disappointed in this comeback album in the slightest. PerhapsThough I wanted a little bit more from the hard-hitting Canadian duo, I'm not disappointed in this comeback album in the slightest. Perhaps not as heavy as the masterpiece that is "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine" I still left this album wanting more and eager to see if this band continues making music. Expand
  6. Sep 22, 2014
    7
    Read my review here:

    http://osianlewis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/death-from-above-1979-physical-world.html 'A fierce and passionate record,
    Read my review here:

    http://osianlewis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/death-from-above-1979-physical-world.html

    'A fierce and passionate record, 'The Physical World' ticks a lot of boxes as a rock album. That said, the record only offers so much and doesn't make many attempts to connect to the listener. It's all quality music, but it's lacking a lot of content. While the music is full of emotion, there aren't really any standout tracks which demand to be remembered and sung along to. That said, for someone who just wants a thrashy rock and roll album to lose their **** to, then lose your **** away! 'The Physical World' is a dramatic and passionate return from the Canadian duo.'
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  7. Oct 6, 2014
    7
    The Physical World presents itself as a record that is very reminiscent of there first. This is good in the sense that their first album wasThe Physical World presents itself as a record that is very reminiscent of there first. This is good in the sense that their first album was full of delicious riffs and hooks, and after a ten year gap, they show their ability to replicate the same brilliance. However, it is less exciting in the sense that we have seen this before, and that while this record is well constructed, it isn't the most inspired thing they could have produced.

    That said, it's hard to truly shun the record because all of the songs are well constructed and gratifying, perhaps to the point where you feel no real stand out moment in the album, simply because the whole thing is consistently impressive, albeit no more so than their debut.

    Overall, Death from Above 1979 stick to what they know, retaining the fans they had but not likely winning any others over. That said, after ten years their debut still sounds great, and by following in a similar, perhaps slightly heavier style, we can only imagine that this album will still sound just as digestible in 2024 as well.
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