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on 3 February 2002
Right, lets clear one thing up to begin with. The first track is NOT "Cloaking", it is merely a brief instrumental which leads into "Cloaking", which although is stated as track one on the packaging is really track two. Confused? Good.
"Cloaking" was in fact the first single to be lifted off this album, and with its crunching guitars and shouted chorus, it's not difficult to understand why. This is 2 and a half minutes of classic indie/rock, and sets a high standard for the rest of the album to follow. Thankfully it does.
"Western Battle" is another slice of well-engineered Indie guitar rock which has been sorely missed in the recent influx of American "Nu-Metal" and teen angst bands which tend to focus on impressing little boardies by swearing a lot instead of containing any real emotion or talent (aka Papa Roach!). "Pleasurehead" slows the pace a little, David Line's lilting vocals set against a soft melodic guitar creating a beautifully calm mood, culminating in a sublime guitar finale. "What May Be The Oldest" and "People Are Underestimated" highlight Seafood's interest in using two vocalists. The latter features drummer Caroline Banks on vocals, and is a beautiful beat driven tearjerker with a gorgeous and touching chorus. "Splinter", seafood's biggest selling single to date, is once again pure quality indie, and is most notable for Line's strong vocals. "In This Light Will You Fight Me" is a similarly arranged song to "People Are Underestimated", Bank's vocals again adding a new depth and dimension to Seafood's sound, and the song itself builds to an all out guitar led crescendo, Line's screeching vocals cannot fail to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. "Desert Stretched Before The Sun" is a very laid back, basic acoustic song which highlights Line's vocal abilities. "Similar Assassins" however, is a rousing song with touching verses and an emotional chorus, and is quite possibly the highest point of the many highs on this album. The final track, "He Collects Dust", with its spoken word verses is an interesting and carefully constructed end to an interesting and carefully constructed album. Seafood have created a sound which is both powerful and prominent, yet at times calm, emotional and beautiful, a mixture which has not been successfully achieved by many bands of late. Line's vocals have the power to add depth to the heavier tracks, yet works best when coupled with Bank's backing vocals. Seafood are an exciting band- if you don't own this album, buy it already!!!