The Way (Buzzcocks album)

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The Way
Studio album by
Released 1 May 2014
Genre Pop punk
Length 36:19
Label PledgeMusic
Producer David M. Allen, Buzzcocks
Buzzcocks chronology
Flat-Pack Philosophy
The Way

The Way is the ninth studio album by English pop punk band Buzzcocks. It was released on 1 May 2014. It is their final album to feature Pete Shelley before his death in 2018.


The band wrote a message on their website:

We've teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you privileged access to pre-order the new album plus other premium items such as the new album on signed CD or vinyl, the chance to attend a VIP "meet and greet" and even a signed guitar. Each and every one of these items and experiences comes with a high quality digital download of our ninth studio album, plus bonus tracks exclusive to PledgeMusic!

The new album will be officially released to the public in the summer but by pre-ordering you'll get your copy much sooner. Throughout the pre-order period, you'll also get free access to our 'Pledgers Only' updates here on PledgeMusic where you will be able to enjoy a load of exclusive extras, videos from the studio, interviews, demos and much, much more [...] In addition to this, pledges will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust to help them continue the incredible work they do. So as you can see, there are so many great reasons to be a part of our new album from the outset. Thanks again for all your support over the years, Pete, Steve, Danny & Chris Buzzcocks


5% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound B–[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Exclaim! 6/10[5]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[6]
Paste 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 5.8/10[8]
Popmatters 5/10[9]
Wondering Sound 3.5/5 stars[10]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keep on Believing" Pete Shelley 2:54
2. "People Are Strange Machines" Steve Diggle 3:31
3. "The Way" Pete Shelley 3:12
4. "In the Back" Steve Diggle 3:41
5. "Virtually Real" Pete Shelley 3:35
6. "Third Dimension" Steve Diggle 4:33
7. "Out of the Blue" Pete Shelley 3:47
8. "Chasing Rainbows" / "Modern Times" Steve Diggle 3:21
9. "It's Not You" Danny Farrant, Pete Shelley 2:42
10. "Saving Yourself" Steve Diggle 5:03
Bonus tracks available on 'Pledger's Only' version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Disappointment (Demo)" Pete Shelley 2:11
12. "Generation Suicide (Demo)" Steve Diggle 3:47
13. "Happen (Demo)" Pete Shelley 2:35
14. "Dream on Baby (Demo)" Steve Diggle 6:23



  1. ^ "Reviews for The Way by Buzzcocks – Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Way – Buzzcocks". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Brennan, Collin (18 November 2014). "Buzzcocks – The Way". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Vain, Madison (November 22, 2014). "The Way Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Slingerland, Calum (November 17, 2014). "Buzzcocks – The Way". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Dowden, Neil (November 10, 2014). "Buzzcocks – The Way". musicOMH. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  7. ^ G. Gaar, Gillian (November 18, 2014). "Buzzcocks: The Way Review". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  8. ^ Heller, Jason (November 21, 2014). "Buzzcocks: The Way". Pitchfork Media. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. ^ L. Murphy, John (17 November 2014). "Buzzcocks: The Way". Popmatters. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  10. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (18 November 2014). "Buzzcocks, The Way". Wondering Sound. eMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2014.

External links

  • The Way at Discogs (list of releases)

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