Well, I've lived with this record for about a month now and there's no getting away from it. It's poor.
I've been a lifelong Therapy fan but this record just doesn't cut it no matter what way you look at it. I was sorely disappointed with Crooked Timber. I found it to be an incredibly dull record lacking any of the spark or energy that Therapy are renowned for. I admire the bands ethos however, and love the fact that they are constantly challenging themselves and their listeners. Sometimes it works, Suicide Pact, others , not - Shameless. I feel though the band have come to a dead end.
The album wisely kicks off with the lead single "Living in the shadow.....". Great track, awesome hook on the chorus has everything you'd expect from a Therapy? song and gives the listener the illusion that they've departed from the sparse style found on CT. It's all downhill after this I'm afraid. Unfocussed is not the word. By Marlow, you'll wonder what the hell is going on. With it's directionless upbeat meadnering, it falls well short of the mark for an instrumental track and is at odds with the downbeat gloomy nature of the rest of the record.It smacks of something that should have been left in the rehearsal room. Diehard Fanboys on the Therapy? forum tell me that's the point. I tell them it's a bad song no matter what the point is.
Things pick up briefly here and there but the latter half of the album is horrific. "The Buzzing" is one of the most horrendous pieces of music ever. A month on I can hardly remember anything interesting about the last few tracks "Why Turbulence" "Stark Raving Sane" "Eclesiastes".Whatever the band's intention, it comes across as if they are disinterested. Especially Andy Cairns, whose vocals are very monotonous this time out.
If this is what a "Mature" Therapy? sounds like, I don't like it.