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This review is from: The Betrayed (Audio CD)
I haven't listened to Lostprophets for a long time after being put off them at school by some really irritating "Emo-kids". I am now debating whether this was a mistake since The Betrayed is such a strong album.
The power of the songs is a little breathtaking from the start as the drums on `If It Wasn't for Hate' kick in. The vocal line on `Dstryr/Dstryr' is intense and powerful. The rest of the track is very accomplished demonstrating some good song writing and production with well balanced highs and lows that add variety whilst keeping the pace and interest in the track, this then moves nicely into singles `It's not the End of the World' and `Where We Belong' which are both strong tracks showing little compromise on quality even though they are much more radio friendly. Thankfully the album doesn't descend into total chart friendliness. `Next Stop Atro City' kicks back up into a seriously high gear with some fast riffing and quality vocals.
The thing that really makes this album more than just a collection of tracks though is the production. It can only be described as slick and calculated. The result is a precisely balanced piece of work. It all flows as a cohesive whole therefore maintaining the energy and atmosphere despite the slight moments of filler in the second half of the album. The absolute highlight though comes at the very end with closer `The Light that Shines Twice as Bright.' It is a darkly atmospheric and emotional track with hints of apocalypse.
Overall the album is strong with quality shown throughout and will definitely satisfy existing fans and should convert curious listeners as well.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2010 09:35:40 GMT
Irritating emo-kids, that made me chuckle. And feel old. Anyway it is a shame to let other people sway your opinion, enjoy whatever you enjoy.
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