Turin Brakes are one of many bands who have hit the headlines with a Mercury nominated debut album, but have slipped from the limelight. I suspect that they prefer it that way, because it allows them to make music uncompromised by the expectations of those around them.
I wrote in my review of JackInABox
that they were better than Coldplay, and this is still the case, for that reason.
This is their fourth album, following The Optimist, Ether Song, and JackInABox. This version also contains an EP of 5 tracks as part of a 2 CD set.
The tempo is high in the opening track, Last Chance, faster than any of their other opening tracks, but the tone is still dark, and the lyrics just as sinister as always.
Unlike other Turin Brakes albums, there's no stand out track for me. Title track, Dark On Fire, is a little more optimistic, but the bassline from Real Life is one of two songs that have a bassline out of Disco Inferno, which I found a little weird.
I think their earlier albums set the bar so high, that the good stuff now only sounds average. Out of the four albums, this would rank as my fourth favourite, but that doesn't make it a bad album.