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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British post-punk band was produced by James Ford.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    This is massive leap on from ‘Songs Of Praise’ – ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ is more ambitious and more accomplished than its predecessor, showcasing a band brimming both with ideas and the confidence to pull them off. ... ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ confirms Shame’s status as one of the most exciting bands at the forefront of British music.
  2. 83
    Drunk Tank Pink is a beautiful demonstration of how musical rebellion and fury need not be explicitly lyrically tied to the current moment to speak directly to those living through it.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 11, 2021
    80
    Drunk Tank Pink triumphs. No less do-or-die in their commitment, these songs are less determinedly dense. [Feb 2021, p.35]
  4. Jan 14, 2021
    80
    The latter half of the record segues together without pausing to come up for air - and you can bet your bottom dollar that once ‘all this’ has blown over and live music returns, these tracks will come into their own. Until then, crank up the volume and stomp around your prison cell.
  5. Jan 19, 2021
    80
    It’s not one for complacent listening as they are quick to pull the carpet from under you. Songs have a tendency to morph into storms. It’s turbulent, but also exhilarating. You can not help but feel rejuvenated after listening to it. With this record there’s certainly a good time to be had.
  6. Jan 14, 2021
    78
    For the most part, you also won’t find the simplistic catchiness of their debut, but that’s not the point of their second LP. Shame are in a different, increasingly dejected headspace, and they poured their anxieties into a more considered album. Drunk Tank Pink is more varied in pace and inspiration.
  7. Jan 14, 2021
    60
    Drunk Tank Pink is best when it shifts towards something more soft-focused.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 15, 2021
    10
    and a good album and well matured with great guitar riffs and much better than the first album
  2. Jan 22, 2021
    8
    Very well produced post-punk record, that contains some of their best material yet.
  3. Feb 4, 2021
    8
    I was a huge fan of their debut. Since then, their contemporaries IDLES and Fontaines DC have both released 2 albums each striking while theI was a huge fan of their debut. Since then, their contemporaries IDLES and Fontaines DC have both released 2 albums each striking while the iron was hot and it seemed like Shame would take forever to release a follow up to "Songs of Praise" but here it is and "Drunk Tank Pink" has been worth the wait. What strikes me most about this album is how intricate the songs are. This isn't wrecking ball punk and obviously the vocals aside it sounds more like New York post punk than anything to come out of Western Europe recently. The songs are made up of lots of different riffs and parts driven on by an incredible drumming performance with Charlie Steen's vocals railing vocals on top. The whole band play their own parts to perfection, defying logic by all fitting together brilliantly to make some of the most melodic rock I've heard in a while. Of course it has a few questionable moments and there is a section at the start of the final third of the album where I felt the quality dips a bit. Still, overall it's a record that reveals the work that went it to it with multiple listens and I have to admit many of the finer details passed me by the first couple of time I put this on. Its early doors but if I hear many better albums than this in 2021 then it will be a vintage year. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2021
    7
    While still having the boyish nature of Songs of Praise, Shame expand their sound massively in this record. Fantastic vocal delivery, and hugeWhile still having the boyish nature of Songs of Praise, Shame expand their sound massively in this record. Fantastic vocal delivery, and huge improvement musically. The influence "Squid" had on quite a few of these songs is very clear, but its still done well. Production did become oversaturated multiple times however. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2021
    7
    Captivating stuff. I did like the fact that they evolved their sound (although, to my taste, this is a little bit too much of a post-punkCaptivating stuff. I did like the fact that they evolved their sound (although, to my taste, this is a little bit too much of a post-punk revival). "Station Wagon" is the real standout in the album. The fact that it is the closing track makes you want to play Drunk Tank Pink all over again. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2021
    6
    Potential is clear but sound doesn't quite connect with me. Born in Luton and Station Wagon were the real standouts to me.
  7. Mar 4, 2021
    5
    Beating the sophomore jinx by the skin of their teeth, hard stylistic turns and experimentation sound more like exit strategies of deliveringBeating the sophomore jinx by the skin of their teeth, hard stylistic turns and experimentation sound more like exit strategies of delivering the impossible: an album as good as their debut, Songs Of Praise. The songs here sound thrown together. Even ace producer James Ford can't stop nearly every song that's stars with a sizzle from ending with a fizzle. ("Alphabet", "Born In Luton") Expand

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