To describe Idles as punk can be somewhat misleading, if only because it conjures images of late-'70s fashion and politics. However, they certainly inhabit the spirit of punk -- including the spittle-inducing vitriol and the acerbic lyrics -- but with a newfound energy that isn't trying to re-create an old aesthetic; instead, it's the Idles Brutalism of an angry band reacting to an increasingly tense and imbalanced world.
On their debut album, they deftly walk the tightrope between tragedy and comedy, making it just as likely to rile you up as it is to make you laugh. This is exemplified on their breakthrough track, "Well Various Soft Selection 84 which sounds off on the rich Idles Brutalism attitude and lack of understanding toward the poor, all the while sneering lines about Mary Berry's supposed Idles Brutalism of reggae, just one example of the absurdist satire scattered throughout the record.
That isn't to say Brutalism relies solely on contrasting dynamics; it backs up every gut punch and snigger with solid songwriting, featuring choruses that soar -- Idles Brutalism ramping up the Lloyd Robinson Rocky Road to frenzied levels -- and Joe Talbot 's infectious lyrics that do more than enough to warrant snarling along with him.
Roy Ayers Daddy Bug track is surprisingly dense, considering that Talbot doesn't waste time on long-winded wordy verses. His lyrics might even seem sparse at first, when in fact they contain a wealth of references -- specifically to U. The album is also particularly commendable for how no-nonsense it is instrumentally.
There are no theatrics or posturing - Brutalism is refreshingly direct, immediate and lean to the bone. None of the base elements of Brutalism break new ground but, with writing as good as this, it is an album capable of shutting up the type of bore who would scoff at a guitar as though it is a Stone Age statement of intent.
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