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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of '99 - it had to be them.,
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This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)I do feel slightly guilty giving five stars to this album, as Therapy? have been "my" band for so long, and it almost seems like a cop-out to routinely reward them with five-star status. But they deserve it. This is renaissance and it sounds good.
After personnel changes, a generally disappointing last release in "Semi-Detached" and what I perceived as something of an identity crisis surrounding the band, they've gone back to their roots, signed up to an indie and done what I never thought they'd manage again - on "Suicide Pact..." they truly sound as if they're enjoying themselves. With the return of the 1991-era guitars and Andy proving you can be an excellent singer while routinely ignoring the concept of melody, the album is raw, dirty and utterly inspiring. From the ridiculous boogie of "He's Not That Kind Of Girl" to "Sister"'s schizophrenic verses and killer chorus, there's not a wasted moment, not the slightest hint of trying too hard, this is just Therapy?, pure, simple, unadulterated - and sounding more dangerous than ever, with the anthemic "Six Mile Water" disintegrating into a natty little wall of sound and "God Kicks", apparently recorded in the middle of a field, genuinely menacing.
Perhaps it's "Little Tongues First" which really sums up the album, though, with the sense of fun combining with awesome power to provide an instant live favourite. This much I know, as I had the great pleasure of seeing them live in Hamburg in December, with support from Rico of all people. A gig from the two best acts of 1999? You don't ask for more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Therapy? album... EVER!,
This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)Ever since Toublegum, T? fans have been waiting for the lads to make an album that could have that instant effect. Infernal Love never quite got there, and Semi-Detached ultimately left you wanting more. Well here it is - Suicide Pact... This album is packed full of great riffs, and caters for various musical tastes ; the twisted 'He's Not That Kind of Girl' kicks the album off in style, Andy's voice sounding as menacing as ever over a massive guitar riff. The quality never wanes throughout the whole album - 'Jam Jar Jail' and 'Little Tongues First' have to be right up there in Therapy?'s all time classics, but its 'Other Peoples Misery' (sounding like Motorhead meets Sepultura!) and '10 Year Plan' (a beautifully brutal statement about record company politics) which really set the pulse racing,Martin McCarrick's cello solo in 10 Year Plan being a major highlight. T? also show their mellow side, with the wonderful '6 Mile Water' and the atmospheric cello driven 'God Kicks' (a statement about N. Ireland "God Kicks with both feet") The whole thing is rounded off with the rifftastic 'Sister', and if you listen on afterwards, you'll get the eerie 'Whilst I Pursue My Way Unharmed', which consists of noise recorded from a shopping centre and the lads jamming and Andy moaning a tortured rant over the top. If you bought Troublegum and haven't really bothered with T? since, I'd strongly advise you to try this album out. You shouldn't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy's Peak,
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This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)Suicide Pact You First is Therapy's best album. And it's not just me who thinks so, the band have acknowledged it themselves. The album is simply incredible from start to finish. Following on from Semi-Detached (which was a decent album) Suicide Pact You First is a serious progression for the band and they really upped their game here. If this album had followed Troublegum I think Therapy? would be far more renowned these days, but unfortunately it took them a couple of albums to get the momentum back and by that time a lot of their audience had moved on.
Suicide Pact You First is packed with songs which could have been killer singles - Hate, Kill, Destroy (which was a single), Jam Jar Jail, Sister and Ten Year Plan to name just a few. The album is sequenced in a way that keeps it varied and riveting. It has all the Therapy? hallmarks - an instrumental (probably their best), an awesome slow song, numerous rockers, and a handful of metal-edged songs that really hark back to Babyteeth and Pleasure Death. Therapy? got everything right on Suicide Pact You First, it's just such a shame that so few people have heard it. Easily one of the best albums of the last 20 years in any genre.
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable,
This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)A really excellent album. The first three tracks are great. Another stand out song is 'Ten Year Plan'. I only wish 'Sister' was separate as a track instead of being bundled up with a 'hidden track' and the 20 minutes of silence that entails.
5.0 out of 5 stars that's the stuff!,
This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)this is the album that really got me into therapy? in a big way - standout tracks include the dark opener He's not that kind of girl to the emional six mile water, this album is what i listen to just to kick back or to let it all out.
5.0 out of 5 stars suicde pact - listen to this first,
By A Customer
This review is from: Suicide Pact: You First (Audio CD)this album is simply amazing. its diversity in musical styles shows just what therapy? can do. the switch between the insturmental madness of big cave in to the haunting poetry of six mile water highlights the fact that the band have kicked the 10 year plan out of the window and gone for a schizophrenic blast of what they do best. God kicks is a very "infernal love" style track, whereas the days of troublegum seem to be revisited through a cloud of distortion during the amazing "hate kill and destroy" other peoples misery is a killer track which updates the old sounds of nurse, and everything is brought together by the amazingly catching track sister on the end. (by the way that mumble at the end is "lost afternoons measuring time in spoons") the only way i can think of summing this album up is to say, take all the bes t elements of the rest of the albums and give them new life, and here it is!
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best the lads from ireland have done,
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This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)From what i have heard from Therapy?, which is a lot, this is probably their second best album, the best being Troublegum (i recommend screamager off troublegum). Andy Cairns really shows emotion and how twisted he can be on Suicide Pact...You First. I particually recommend track 3, Jam Jar Jail, and track 6, Six Mile Water. But what are you waiting for, go get it now!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Therapy? is back,
This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)After the last few (very good) albums that all had more or less their own style, the music on this one reminds me most of Baby Teeth and Pleasure Death. There are however exceptions. "God Kicks" is a quiet tune which in some ways is very similar to "Me vs You" and "Diane". "Six Mile Water" is also a quiet tune, which is not very usual for Therapy? to do, but I think they do it just fine. The "original" evil style of Therapy? is still there. Just listen to track 1 "He's Not That Kind of Girl"
Conclusion: It's not their best album (in my oppinion of cause), but it is indeed another great album from Therapy? If you liked the previous albums you are also going to like this one. Although a lot of Therapy? albums have their own style, they still have a lots of things in common, and this one is no exception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choose Life...Choose Suicide Pact!,
This review is from: Suicide Pact - You First (Audio CD)A number of words spring to mind when I think of this album. The first would be aggression, which this album has in abundance! Its also very original and far removed from Therapy?'s other albums. Yes folks, if this was Star Wars, Therapy? would have well and truely crossed over to the dark side! Andy growls and spits venim through the likes of the excellent "Wall of Mouths" and "Hes Not That Kind of Girl". No pop-rock evident here, it's been buried in a shallow grave along with radio friendly singles.
this is strictly for those who like their music off kilter and darker than Stevie Wonder's shades!
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