this is, without doubt, the single best album ever, ever produced. stunning.
first things first - the vocals. some say ian watkins' singing improved from FSOP to Start Something. if you ask me, the vocals on FSOP are so much better. they're full of raw emotion, powerful. yes, it is possible to get more raw emotion than in 'start something'. just plain awesome. and when DJ/backing vocalist jamie oliver (not the chef) comes in, it moves on to a whole different level again. if you like deep, meaningful lyrics, then you may not like this. but others among you will learn to love the beautiful obscurity of every word.
in fact, the entire musical line up is incredible. lee gaze on lead guitar is up along side the best guitarists ever (except hendrix himself). mike lewis on rhythm guitar gives the raw background sound to it all. stu richardson on bass has faster fingers than john wayne in a gunfight, and knows how to use them. mike chiplin is simply a drumming machine. and jamie olivers DJ work is mighty slick, as is his background singing.
so, the songs. 'shinobi vs dragonninja' is 2 minutes and 47 seconds of metal history. 'ode to summer' is wonderfully uplifting and immense. 'the handsom life of swing' is stunning blend of rollicking couruses, gentle verses and a sweet, melodic outro. 'a thousand apologies' contains one of the greatest guitar riffs ever. 'awkward' is a song built on foundations of pure fury. 'still laughing' is an excelent 'builder' of a song, growing in power and intensity ever secong. and the title track is a wonderful shot at those nasty corporate record company types. and then there's the rest.
if you're one of those people who liked 'last train home', and liked some songs on 'start something' but couldnt handle the heavier stuff, do not buy this. its not your cup of tea, trust me. but if you love every second of 'start something', or youre just into rock, buy it. you will like it, so long as you keep an open mind and ignore everything the media's lies about lostprophets being pop sell-outs. it is, quite simply, awesome.