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1.0 out of 5 stars
Stick to what you're good at!, 26 Jun. 2008
First off, I haven't given the whole album a listen. You might think that negates my review, but after hearing 5 of the tracks from "In Silico" receiving biggest airplay, any motivation to delve any deeper was quickly lost.
It's not because i'm a hardcore narrow minded dnb fan, stuck in a genre and expecting another "Hold Your Colour". I praise any act who embrace diversity in their approach to music and are not restricted by a trademark sound. It's just obvious to me that Pendulum's latest ambitions go far beyond their talents.
Rule number 1 of crossing genres in music: be (atleast quite) good at the genre you are attempting to cross over to. The biggest addition to Pendulum's music in "In Silico" are lyrics and rock style melodic riffs. They are good at neither. The lyrics are pointless, unimaginative and only serve to make the cheesy pop rock riffs even more cringeworthy and unbearable.
How the hell Pendulum have managed to achieve their 'vision' of crossing from dnb to mediocre sing along dnb infused pop rock pap, and enthrall a new generation of fans is beyond me. They did a sick mix on Annie Nightingale the other week, which shows they have talent in innovative dance music. Shame none of that talent made it into this album.
I was looking forward to seeing them at Glade this year. I'll be steering well clear now.