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This review is from: Love/Hate (Audio CD)
I'm always surprised when I read that people consider this to be a complete departure from their first album 'Everything is'. Both are excellent but I think this is a marginally better album. It's not a departure, it's an evolution of the sound. Sure, it's more mature, and I can see why people don't like that from their rock stars, but it's still got the core of anguished vocals and heavy guitars. I'd say it's got an equal number of proper rock songs as 'Everything is', and rather than the rest being Nirvana-derivative 'Not Everyone' and 'Shot down' , and reflective 'Behind Your Eyes' and 'Intermission' - some excellent songs, but here comes the point - 'Love/Hate''s lighter offerings are more rounded pop-rock such as 'Bitter End' and 'Future Wife'.
Comparing 'Love/Hate' to Snow Patrol is ridiculous and pure hyperbole. This album is full of angular chugging guitars, interesting cadences, energetic vocals and driving-rhythms. Just listen to the blistering entrance of 'Forget My Name', and 'Painless''s guitar solo. On the whole it's not that different from their first album, and where it does differ it's because this album is more musical. And for a music album, that's no bad thing. If you're a fan of Nine Black Alps then approach this with an open mind and you should really enjoy it. I highly recommend this album to any fans of rock music.