Unfairly slated in some music mags, True Skies has some cracking tunes on it. The first two in particular (Quicksilver and Young Again) provide a top intro to the album. Young Again in particular is fantastic.
True, it doesn't sustain the pace and the last three or four efforts are pretty uninspired, but there's a great energy about the album and Simon Tong can clearly write tunes. You could say the 'rock' is in the first half and the 'psychedelic' stuff covers the second half.
Maybe The Shining would have been better served by releasing a Verve style EP first, but you can't deny this is better than a lot of the pretend young 'rawkers' around at the minute. Why they've not sold more albums is a bit mystifying to me, as this album sounds fresh, vibrant and has loads of catchy riffs.
One really important, nay imperative thing I have to say is that this album is NOTHING LIKE the abysmal Hurricane #1, which Q magazine compared it to. That review prevented me from buying the album for a couple of months until I'd seen them on TV.
A returning question is when you listen to this, and you listen to Richard Ashcroft's new stuff, which are fairly different. Individually, really good (The Shining better??) but together again . . . well, we can but hope.