With Dogrel, their debut album, Dubliners Fontaines D.C. are rather dark, cold and quite brutal sometimes. Flash.

We’re getting into the first titles with a kind curiosity that only asks to be satisfied with the three thirds of the album. Only after the well-thought Big, we have to wait for the last third to feel really involved with Boys in The Better Land and the sublime Dublin City Sky. The pure and natural beauty and effort that emerge from these few noteworthy titles is worth everything. The rest is a kind of riff storm on which the voice arises, very factually (Hurricane Laughter, The Lotts). If some titles seem redundant, we must admit that the energy is where it should be and probably explosive live. A good start that deserves an evolution less marked by the past of punk than by the future of rock.

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