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14 Jun. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 12 Jun. 2009
  • Release Date: 14 Jun. 2009
  • Label: Atlantic Records UK
  • Copyright: 2009 Warner Music UK Limited
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  • Total Length: 50:30
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  • ASIN: B002BYAW10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,583 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
By any standard known to man Enter Shikari are a great little band.

I have already expressed my enthusiasm elsewhere in these venerable
pages for their 2007 debut 'Take To The Skies'. A stunning first showing.

They make a big, big sound but the unbridled energy is always
tempered by a remarkably mature and refined musical sensibility.

The fifteen tracks which comprise their new release 'Common Dreads'
create a veritable powerhouse of crackling, ribald electricity.

With 'Juggernauts' they strike a marvelous balance between
stirring anthemic harmonies, naive but warm-hearted social
commentary and convincingly calibrated hard-edged rock.

This ability to bring potentially conflicting elements together
and produce credible and hugely enjoyable soundscapes is a real gift.

'Wall' is another powerhouse track. Mr Rolfe's drums are, here
and elsewhere on the album, the glue which keeps it all together.

'Zzzonked' delivers a small nod in Prodigy's direction with the
cocky but affectionate knowledge that they are the new kids
on this particular block. Fresh paint on an old facade.

'No Sleep Tonight', not unlike 'Jonny Sniper' on their previous
release, has a killer chorus and a very fine vocal performance
from Mr Reynolds. This lad really can belt out a good tune!

'Gap In The Fence' is as fine a song as we are
likely to encounter for the rest of the year.

It's all good. Nothing wasted. Nothing to throw to the dogs.

Blissfully brilliant !

Essential.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Self Styled Rocker on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
In this album Shikari move beyond their first album by miles. The fronts they choose to build on include a greater use of Rou's voice, acoustic, spoken parts, signing, and also the scream/angry vocals. There is a greater focus here on crafting individual songs, they have their own vibe and fill out into the territory chosen for it, for example on Juggernauts there is good use of a different singing style, No sleep tonight focuses on a new musical direction with greater use of synths and programming, with Gap in the fence finally breaking the barrier from Post-Hardcore with Electronics to Enter Shikari stamping their own style on both of these genres and making it their own.

Overall this is not the scream-fest of the last album. Instead pure raw screaming is mixed with a more head smart use of lyrics, topics, vocal impact and overall musical technique. For example Rou's definition of harshness is not just limited to screaming, the electronic parts draw more widely on drum and bass etc and also sampling found in pure electronic music. This effort matches Genghis Tron's effort in its audacity and willingness to embrace all the ingredients and make an unexpected recipe!

This is awesome and will no doubt see a greater abundance of glowsticks and moshing at their next gigs!

See also Genghis Tron, Atari Teenage Riot, Mad Capsule Markets.
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Enter Shikari, from St. Albans (just a 10 minute drive from myself which is always nice) and they've hit the industry with a bang. As great as debut album 'Take To The Skies' was, the follow up of 'Common Dreads' seems, on the whole, better. I couldn't help but feel sometimes on their previous album, the vocals were quite poorly used and it just didn't sound right. Although there are great songs on there like 'Mothership', 'Sorry, You're Not A Winner' and 'Enter Shikari', I feel other parts of the album were good, but not great. Not really any other stand out songs. However, 'Common Dreads' has many more stand out songs and many of them have Shikari taking a more electronic approach whilst still maintaining some of the hardcore moments from the debut.

Like TTTS, Common Dreads has an opening that feels very atmospheric and really gears you up for what is hopefully a great record. After the opening of numerous repetitions of 'We Must Unite' you just feel that has been set up for live performances. Soon after, you're hit with the electro opening of 'Solidarity' which explodes into some heavy riffs and in come's Rou's unique vocal style. The opening track is one of the best on the album with some of the unique 'trancecore' Shikari are known for, heavy and softer vocals as well as an incredible opening riff.

'Step Up' kicks in soon after which is one of my favourites on the album. Vocals from Rou and Rory accompany an upbeat track that also packs in some well thought-out lyrics and certainly pack a punch as Rou screams 'And it's so frustrating, the f*cking state we're in!'.

The single 'Juggernauts' is up next as it's intro consists of fast paced electro beats and drumming as Rou experiments with vocal styles in a song which actually turns out to be extremely good.
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This week sees the return of Enter Shikari with brand new album `Common Dreads'. For those of you who are already fans you probably have your copy on pre-order and let me reassure you that your money has not been wasted. This is an album that brims with energy and menace. It pushes the boundaries of what can be done with modern music a little bit more and is a very satisfying listen. `Take to the Skies' was a triumph for proper independent music. Recorded and produced by the band and released on their own label, Ambush Reality, it took two genres that should be polar opposites and smashed them together. The result was an album that I can only describe as rave-metal. It brimmed with catchy energetic riff laden dance songs with big enough rock-metal principals to get a foot into the door of both genres. `Common Dreads' then takes another step forward. It has more metal, with strong dance tendencies, and stronger moments of ballad thrown into the mix.

So it runs like this... From the start there is an angry menace about the album. The opening track, also the title track, is filled with swirling atmosphere emphasised by vocal samples of people saying `We must unite!' which leads beautifully into the screaming first track, `Solidarity', with its synth driven metal. Little Transformers like effects add diversity and work to break up the track, and the use of a deep almost demonic voice saying `And now the flood gates will open' is brilliant before a section of well used screaming ultimately leads to a choir singing the recognisable refrain of `Standing like statues'. The next two tracks, `Step Up' and first single `Juggernauts', continue the atmosphere without getting boring. `Wall' then adds the first bit of calm in the album which works perfectly.
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