Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel [Partisan, 2019]
As with Idles or Sleaford Mods, these Dubliners' 2019 debut couches their rage in chants not songs because tunes are too kind to convey their righteousness; the only track to originate with their guitarist is titled "Roy's Tune" in case you missed the difference. Sometimes they demand our musical attention anyway, as in the outraged environmentalism of "Television Screens" or "Hurricane Laughter"'s blatant all-systems-down. But the obvious-to-witty one-line definitions of "sellout," "idiot," "phony," and "dilettante" that hook "Chequeless Reckless" doesn't inspire confidence in their political efficacy or smarts. B+