For The First Time (studio album) by Black Country, New Road

For The First Time
For The First Time by Black Country, New Road
Year: 2021
Release date: New2021-02-05 (released 22 days ago)
Overall rank: 23,191st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 117 votes)
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Award Best album of 2021 (1st)
Award Top albums of the 2020s (235th)
Award Best albums of all time (23,191st)
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80/100
From 4 days ago
It's kind of painful to me that this seems to be receiving more praise than Schlagenheim (82/100 vs 79/100 atm). I mean it is pretty great, but in my opinion black midi's project is way more focused, polished and overall better. Sorry to be that guy that brings up the obvious comparison.
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From 4 days ago
pretty mindblowing album
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35/100
From 02/22/2021 18:30
What do we have here? Is this the new "Pavement"?
A likeable group with humble and talented musicians making music, that is complex, demanding and interesting, Nice.

But in my opinion its also a typical "reviewers band". A band everyone has to adore, because its so overhyped - one cannot escape them. First single - best band in the world. Really? Or is it just a group everyone has to like, because everyone seems to like them? Everyone thinks: Hey, the cool reviewers like them and maybe I'm not cool, if I don't like them. So I like them, too.

For me it's a nice first release of a promising group, but no reason to freak out.
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70/100
From 02/21/2021 14:28
Not perfect, but shows a lot of promise. The lines are extremely blurred in regards to genre and that is admirable, although there is a bizzare lack of cohesion. Not even from song to song, but within each song. It just sounds like half of the band have one idea for the song and the other half are going in a completely different direction. And this sort of playing can work and blend together to make beautiful music (Washing Machine by Sonic Youth, for example), it's not there for me. But again, this shows a lot of promise, it is their debut after all. Also don't really care for the vocals, he sounds a bit like he's trying to do a Captain Beefheart thing, but he sounds more like Morrissey. At the end of the day, the people in Black Country, New Road are obviously skilled and I hope they go on to do great things.
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70/100
From 02/15/2021 17:45
I walked into this album rather cautiously, as it wouldn't be the first time a so very hyped up album would let me down. However, this pleasantly defied my expectations. The main virtue of this is that it is surprisingly and refreshingly original for a 2021 album, it's only their debut and they already seem to have developed their own style and are determined to leave their mark. On the other hand, one complaint would be that it felt too rushed, even after repeated listenings I didn't have time to fully immerse myself into the process, the build-up, its explosive moments were somewhat premature and as a result weren't as satisfactory as they could have been, it left me with the impression that a slower approach would have done it way more justice - I mean, it's not like a super long album, they could easily afford slightly extending its running time. Once you start getting into what's going on, it moves on to something else. The vocals were disappointingly far from my stuff both during the sober moments and the over the top outbursts as well, I desperately tried to ignore them but unfortunately they were distracting throughout the whole album. Science Fair would be my choice for the highlight of the album - although the opening track isn't that far behind and Opus is simply tons of fun.
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85/100
From 02/12/2021 09:27
An exciting listen. I didn't know what was coming next. Very intense at times but overall a very skilled record. It shows real thought and creativity.
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From 02/11/2021 10:05
Great debut. Maybe not as groundbreaking as some people have been stating, their sound still owes much to post rock pioneers Slint or new stuff like black midi. Keeping that in mind it is still possible to find a fresh sound, well instrumented (it looks like they merged some balkan music into the blend). Promising career, hopefully with more than 6 songs in the following albums!
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90/100
From 02/07/2021 04:48
I think I’m finally starting to get this album. After my first listen I decided to listen to some more of the post rock genre so I could better judge this album. After listening to some of the iconic records of the genre I can now see how Black Country, New Road is paving their way not only in post rock but in music in general. The elements of post punk and jazz make this album a special listen. This album will continue to grow on me as time passes. I’m excited for this band’s future!
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85/100
From 02/05/2021 22:05
A true gem for the genre, really excited for what this band will produce this decade.
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95/100
From 02/05/2021 21:28
I'm at the point where I hate to make very obvious comparisons to older bands, I did that a lot with black midi when Schlagenheim came out. With this band, I actually find it a lot harder to pin down the influences like I was able to with black midi.

I listened to all the singles just before this album came out, mostly because I only just heard about this band two days before this album released and I wanted to see if it was worth listening to the album. What I can say is that I was somewhat disappointed when I saw there would only be six songs on this album, and two-thirds of them were already released in some form. That is why I must say that I am not disappointed in this album, but a little underwhelmed compared to the hype. Not to mention that I believe that the album version of "Sunglasses" is inferior to the single. This is why it is probably a good idea not to spoil yourself with singles when the album isn't out yet. However, I still think this is a very good album and I think it will probably be top 5 for the year. My biggest gripe is just that I think more material would have been better. "Opus" and "Science Fair" are bangers tho.
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