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It's a bit different!,
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This review is from: Self-Preserved While The Bodies Float (Audio CD)
Having said that, aren't they all different? One of the many reasons to love this band...
I have no doubt that this album will have mixed reactions - it's shorter, punchier, louder, softer and dare I use the word 'mature'? (ouch!!)
The real stand out moment has to be opening track 'Part Cardiac' - a slab of pure doomy anger and a brave choice... One which if hearing the band for the first time will not set a realistic expectation to say the least!
There are plenty of 'size moments to savour, particularly on Silent/Transparent, but it's the opening 3 track salvo which literally pins you back in your seat such is the intensity of this latest CD that sets it apart from their previous work. Build us a Rocket then... is simply awesome. Can't wait to hear this live.
We then travel into more familiar sounds with - Oscar Acceptance Speech - an extended string section outro which is almost too long; Ransoms - this sounds like the band are playing live right in front of you - a chilled out moment indeed, and A Penny's Weight - with lovely female harmonies and oddness.
Silent/Transparent is gorgeous and such a nice vocal melody with the obligatory powerful emotional ending (quite something!). It's My Tail is not really that interesting to my ears - I think because it doesn't go anywhere - just three minutes of pure adrenalin with guest vocals from Biffys frontman.
Pine is a personal favourite - just beautiful...so....
It's the back end of the album where things are noticeably different. Fans of the previous three albums will have come to expect a grandiose end - Long Forgotten, Ornaments/The Last Wrongs, The Frame and now we have...oh, hang on... it's a short song. And that's not the only thing - it's also very mellow. And, not particularly memorable. And it's followed by the understated 'Cloak' on the special edition. A bit of a 'What!? Really?' and 'Oh..' ending.
In summary, a blistering opening into some lush, chilled tunes into a very quiet end. Each listen rewards you with you something else and even the close of the album is starting to get there...this one needs some work and it's well worth the effort.