ALBUM REVIEW: Idles – TANGK | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 16.02.24







Hey, this ain’t your daddy’s Idles. Releasing their fifth album TANGK (pronounced TANK with a hint of a G), the band find themselves at their most ambitious and emotionally focused.

Dancing cheek to cheek, an excellent blend of familiar hardcore post-punk and heartfelt atmospheric pop ballads hooks the listener as much as it guides you gently downstream. What shines through is the amount of love the band has for themselves and their fans – the earnestness in the performances enriches the softer songs; imagine being serenaded on Valentine’s Day but with no schmaltzy shit – just truths and honesty.

As razor sharp as ever but with a gooey caramel centre, TANGK continues the stellar run Idles have cultivated and pushes them forward.


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