With the opinion that Hold Your Colour was one of the best produced and genre moulding drum and bass albums to reach our ears to date, In Silico reached mine with high expectations.
The most immediately noticeable difference is the change in direction of the pendulum sound. Gone are the crunching basslines, the darker side to some of the tracks on hold your colour. There are no more drum and bass tracks, this album is much more about an almagamation of guitar-cum-electronics, with the drum and bass component taking much more of a subtle undertone. Most tracks feature vocalists and have gone for a more singalong pop feel making some tunes such as the opener 'Showdown' and 'Propane Nightmares' more easily accessible, but ultimately throw-away songs.
It is also a disappointment to see Pendulum producing tracks that are merely iterations of Slam, or variations of a drum loop used previously before. Diversity still occurs on In Silico but not as involved as their debut.
That said there are still some solid sounds that will have you tapping your foot, a building grin to the crescendo of a bassline erupting into a cacophony of digital beats only Pendulum know how to do, and their sound for which they were originally recognised for is retained in parts, most noticably on 'Visions' and "Midnight Runner'.
All in all a bit of a disappointment, reminiscent of the path the Prodigy took between Music for the Gilted and Fat of the Land. Keeping their roots in part to produce what is essentially a good album but appealing to a wider audience and losing a part of what made them to begin with. Best described as a blend of drum and bass, anthem-rock, electronica and pop. Probably better live.