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A journey of epic proportions,
This review is from: Everyone Into Position (Audio CD)
I'm sure some of my album reviews sound pretentious so I'm going to keep this necessarily simple: this band are in a class of their own - and man do they know what they're doing!?! Listening to this album gave me a sense of joy that, for me, is hard to come by in rock music.
To be honest, the name of the band put me off their music for some time because (somehow?) it reminded me of the name "Oasis", whose music frankly pales in comparison, and (apologies to Oasis fans) that's an incredible understatement.
Anyway...clearly influenced by Pink Floyd and nodding their heads in the direction of the similarly exciting Biffy Clyro, the sound that this band create is as close to "symphonic" as I have heard in terms of rock music. Ingenious time-signature changes and sumptuous chord progressions abound, and then of course we find that the singer is a pleasure to listen to.
All these things come together in my personal favourites: "You Can't Keep A Bad Man Down" (one of my most treasured songs of all time, descending into mindblowing chaos and coming out determinedly at the end), and "The Last Wrongs" which makes you feel like you have indeed come to the end of a long and shockingly enjoyable journey. The choral treatment of the vocals in this song works perfecly against its driving instrumental backdrop. Other highlights are the brilliant, heavy and inventively-titled "Homage to a Shame", and "Music for a Nurse".
It has to be said that, coming from a classically-trained background, I could not hope to make music like theirs and the words contained within the tiny space of this review simply do not do justice to the music of this underrated monster of a band. Special congratulations within the band go to the drummer, possibly the best that I have ever heard in a band that is the one of the tightest I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Not for the faint-hearted or those with short attention spans! For those who like to listen to detail, just bask in the powerful glow of this band's music and you will not be disappionted!