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The Drums - Brutalism (2019) Published: April 5/19 Released: April 5/19 albumAlternative9 Tracks • 34 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: Brutalism reflects a time of transformation and soul-searching.
    Brutalism is the fifth studio album by The Drums, released by Anti on April 5, 2019.
    1. Pretty Cloud3:28
    2. Body Chemistry4:47
    3. 626 Bedford Avenue3:22
    4. Brutalism3:49
    5. Loner3:46
    6. I Wanna Go Back4:03
    7. Kiss It Away3:40
    8. Nervous4:04
    9. Blip of Joy3:55
℗ 2019 Anti
Critic Reviews (24)

The ping-ponging keyboards and chiming guitars of Body Chemistry suggest New Order coyly dancing with the Smiths at the Hacienda.

70% 3 months ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

A late thirties on self-discovery, musical and human.

60% 3 months ago

Rolling Stone (DE) Rolling Stone (DE)

It’s entirely possible that Pierce chose to use this formal LP as his scratch paper for working through frustration, and that Brutalism is simply the type of album made for its own creator above all.

59% 3 months ago

Brutalism is undoubtedly the best collection of tracks the band has released.

3 months ago

mxdwn mxdwn

It’s personal, honest, yet still demonstrates upbeat experimental sounds while being cemented with good pop intentions.

3 months ago

When The Horn Blows When The Horn Blows

Brutalism contains some of Pierce’s most honest lyrics and is more varied musically than their previous output.

3 months ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

Brutalism is quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band's ten-year career.

3 months ago

BroadwayWorld BroadwayWorld

A welcome return from a band, and artist, who always had more to give and more ground to cover – and hearing him deliver on it is a joy to behold.

60% 3 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

The Drums’ fifth and maybe their best.

3 months ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

Brutalism is exactly what it purports itself to be; simple in sentiment, at times harsh and impenetrable, and internally soft and loving.

3 months ago


Jonathan Pierce is The Drums and as happy as he had not been with it for a long time now.

67% 3 months ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

Brutalism just goes to prove pain and separation really does make great fodder for terrific music.

75% 3 months ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

His infectious tunes pave a scenic path through relationships and their ever-changing dynamics.

3 months ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Pierce's fifth full-length tackles self-care in a beautifully honest way.

80% 3 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

The Drums are more stupidly contagious than ever. [May 2019, p.27]

70% 3 months ago

Uncut Uncut

Brutalism is a gorgeous album that provides both joyous peaks and heartbreaking lows.

80% 3 months ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Much of the record feels like a delicious throwback to the mid-aughts, from the burbling dance-rock of Pretty Cloud to the chirpy clatter of melodies on Kiss It Away.

3 months ago


Brutalism, might be his boldest and most purely-pop statement to date.

3 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

The Drums is still Jonny Pierce and Brutalism finds him still getting brutally personal.

76% 3 months ago

Earbuddy Earbuddy

This is an album that can be enjoyed on many levels, immediately and with lasting effect.

89% 3 months ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

Brutalism is The Drums’ work we’ve long been waiting for.

80% 3 months ago


If you want to recreate Brutalism, turn on the menu screen of any Sega Genesis game from 1992 and read aloud your angriest poem from high school.

57% 3 months ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

Perhaps the first album in The Drums' catalog that feels primed for a dance floor rather than a bedroom.

3 months ago

Brutalism reflects a time of transformation and soul-searching.

40% 3 months ago
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