Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (studio album) by Devo

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 781st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 464 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1978 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (176th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (781st)

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79/100 (from 464 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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From 03/27/2023 19:22
They stolen riff for 1st track from Led Zeppelin - Misty Mountain Hop 🤷🏻‍♂️
Also they stolen for 5th track from Blues Magoos 🤷🏻‍♂️
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75/100
From 01/10/2023 00:24
This album shows so much potential but I just don't think it is realised on this release. It is extremely experimental and there is loads to explore on here with some proper unique tracks that shocked me when I first heard this album. That is one major strength of this album is that you won't get anything similar to this style making it so individualistic and special. I love coming back to this record just to hear all the intricacies which you can miss without having several relistens. Overall, an album that can feel half baked at times but when they get the combination right it is fantastic and it blows me away.
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95/100
From 09/23/2022 04:32
Fantastic fun! Their version of Satisfaction is addictive and exciting. Gut Feeling is possibly their best song in general.
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75/100
From 11/29/2021 23:24
Alegrem debochado e bem inteligente!
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From 10/17/2021 03:25
Devo wasn't Mark Mothersbaugh's band. It was Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale's band, and if you want to understand the band better, you really should check out a video on YouTube called Gerald Casale: An Oral History of Devo. It's a brilliant interview, and it puts this album (produced by Brian Eno in a studio in rural Germany) properly in context. I like some of their later, more synth-y and less guitar-y, albums better, but this one is still prime American art-pop of the era.
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From 10/14/2021 15:10
tiny bits of music here. not much
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From 07/24/2020 22:26
Devo's debut effort shows off their influences quite prevalently. Punk, ska, surf rock, even some glam rock, though the theatrics aren't quite present. They never seem to slow down enough to give you a break, but I see this as more of a strength rather than something that takes away from the enjoyability of the record. The album is constructed in such a way that makes me realize one thing: they had a very clear goal in mind, to be Devo!
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From 06/24/2020 19:10
One of the best new wave albums out there.

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90/100
From 07/23/2019 18:39
Favorite Tracks:Uncontrollable Urge, Come Back Jonee
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From 04/21/2019 14:37
I cannot recommend this album with any more fervency than I already have. This is a classic in every sense of the word. This album has been an at least once per week listen for me for the last 40 years!!! (Perhaps I exaggerate a tad.) A remarkable achievement for a group of talented musicians. More than a novelty act, Devo had unestimatable music chops, most tellingly in the person of Mark Mothersbaugh (who has gone on outside the confines of Devo to create a vast musical footprint.) I won't belabor the point, just get this album!
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
8. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
9. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
10. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
11. Hemispheres by Rush
12. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. 3rd by Big Star
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16. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
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19. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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