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Death From Above Makes A Convincing Return


Album: The Physical World
Artist: Death From Above 1979
Genre: Dance-Punk
Release Date: 9th September 2014
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Diagnosis: It has been ten years since their first album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, but Death From Above 1979 returns with an album that keeps their core sound in-tact. Despite The Physical World not being quite as memorable as their first album, it’s still worth listening to and shows promise that they will continue to release quality material. The Physical World sounds like a much more refined version of their older material, though the heavily distorted guitars and synths are still there. The songs are short and fast, offering plenty of energy from beginning to end. Fans of the first album should be satisfied and newcomers to their sound should have a smoother introduction with this one.

The Highlights: “Crystal Ball” gets you hooked on the main riff, as simple as it is, and keeps your attention with a catchy chorus. “White Is Red” starts slower than the rest of the songs on the album, but the lyrics are very memorable and the energy of the album is maintained in the chorus. “Trainwreck 1979” is one of the catchier songs on the album and “The Physical World” stands out as being the heavier and darker song. It utilizes more synth and keyboard than the others and brings the album to an end with a haunting piano melody.

Final Thoughts: The Physical World has a difficult time leaving the listener with a truly memorable song, but there aren’t any bad songs to speak of and is certainly a decent comeback for a band that hasn’t released an album since 2004. The album floats somewhere between decent and very good. Nevertheless, I’m sold and looking forward to more from them.

Score: 7 out of 10


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