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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Irish indie rock band was produced and mixed by Dan Carey.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 17, 2019
    100
    Fontaines DC wear their influences close to their sleeve, with nods to The Pogues, The Strokes and Joy Division, but these influences are absorbed into their identity, to create something that instantly familiar and accessible, but also thrillingly compelling. ... They’re going to be big, and one listen to Dogrel will convince you of that fact.
  2. Apr 12, 2019
    100
    This is the kind of songwriting quality that bands can take years to reach, or never reach at all: brilliant, top to bottom.
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    90
    Dublin in the rain belongs to Fontaines D.C., and rather than being too real this album is just right, it is a ragged delivery. The trick lies in the seemingly un-filtered rawness combined with its stark poetic reality. The three components help secure this album’s position as an example of authenticity; authenticity in its most concentrated and truest form and expression.
  4. Apr 18, 2019
    83
    Dogrel is an album of tremendous ardor and vivid landscapes, and interspersed with an Irish underdog spirit, Fontaines D.C. are nearly untouchable.
  5. May 10, 2019
    80
    They're smart, clueless, and ready to take the festival circuit by storm.
  6. Q Magazine
    Apr 8, 2019
    80
    By striving to find romance and poetry in grim times, Fontaines D.C. have made a record to fall in love with. [May 2019, p.113]
  7. Uncut
    Apr 8, 2019
    60
    Musically, it's not exactly mould-shattering, a blend of surf and chirpy indie rock. They're at their most effective when they deliberately fray the edges. [May 2019, p.29]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 28, 2019
    10
    Kick-ass debut album from Dublin City. One of the best in 2019 so far. Highly recommended post punk record
  2. May 3, 2019
    10
    simply one of the best albums of 2019 yet. it's like a shining star in this music industry garbage.
  3. Apr 16, 2019
    9
    Energetic young guys skillfully “tear up” their instruments and confess their love for their hometown Dublin, its history and the smells ofEnergetic young guys skillfully “tear up” their instruments and confess their love for their hometown Dublin, its history and the smells of city pubs.
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    ____ I bet that there won't be a better debut album this year - the guys from Ireland have set the bar too high.
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  4. Apr 12, 2019
    9
    Having lived in Dublin for a few years, I can say with confidence that this album from Fontaines DC effortlessly exudes the gritty underdogHaving lived in Dublin for a few years, I can say with confidence that this album from Fontaines DC effortlessly exudes the gritty underdog vibe of the city to a tee. With lines like "And the radio is all about a runaway model with a face like sin and a heart like a James Joyce novel", the album feels similar to Joyce's Dubliners/Ulysses as a piece of art that directly channels the energy of a place and transmutes it into a new form. The band aren't doing anything particularly "new" with their post-punk sound—it's a standard guitar driven style with conversational lyrical delivery ala The Fall—yet the Irish accented vocals and pure narrative that is delivered with gusto about the city itself send this album into fresh new territory. The greyness, the rain, the catholic past that a new generation of Irish are trying to wash off their skin, and small childhoods with big futures—it's all here and it's a joy to hear Dublin personified like this. Expand
  5. May 13, 2019
    7
    The poetic songwriting and Dublin references abound. This is a nostalgic yet energetic debut with lofty ambitions.
  6. May 6, 2019
    4
    Not outright bad, and that's a problem. I would have preferred bad to simply boring. Dogrel is an album that, at best, offers a glimmer ofNot outright bad, and that's a problem. I would have preferred bad to simply boring. Dogrel is an album that, at best, offers a glimmer of something better, bigger, maybe original, but can't quite stumble its way out of the dark. It feels frustratingly limited, in every sense of the word.

    Fontaines DC make general stabs in several directions, and at least they ape some good bands while doing so. Roy's Tune sounds like the most insipid song The Smiths never got around to making fronted by Parquet Court's Andrew Savage at his most ambivalent and deadpan. Hurricane Laughter seems to slouch in the direction of Viagra Boys or Protomartyr, but lacks the clever sneer of the former and the resigned anger of the latter. The song gets stuck in a four-note sequence from which it can't escape; all bones and no meat.

    Even Too Real, perhaps the most likeable tune here, wrings dissonance, impotent guitar theatrics, and non-key vocals for all they're worth, effectively turning what could have been original elements into more pastels in the band's arsenal full of them. When you realize singer Grian Chatten is asking over and over, "Is it too real for yaaa?" it makes you want to respond in the affirmative, and plead with him to get some imagination.

    It doesn't help that Chatten closely toes the line of insouciant indie rock cliche: Is he a singer who just isn't bothered by the way the syllables are coming out of his mouth or is it a case of no **** given as shorthand for "cool?" It disappoints me to have to pose that question.
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