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Decadence was a great album. Dan Nakamura's dance beats and techno influenced edge ran smoothly alongside Daryl Palumbo's almost-soulful vocals and the rest of Automatica's punk sound to create perhaps the only true rock-hybrid of the past few years.
The most noticeable thing about H.A.'s new album for me, has been the publicity. Adverts left, right and center seem to be cramming first single 'Graduation Day' down our ears, whilst the first album basically relied on good old 'word of mouth' to transmit it's way into our heads.
I feel this commerical edge is the perfect example of this album's kudos. Most songs on this album, instead of having the great dance-rock feel of the decadence, settle almost into middle of the road emo. I'm sorry to say it, but Graduation Day could have been written by My Chemical Romance, it's that bland and straight forward. Songs 2 + 3 (Single's fodder) "Laughing at you" and "Lying through your teeth" are equally as inept and devoid of anything 'Decadent'. Dan Nakamura's departure has obviously shown up where the hip-moving beats came from.
However, it's not all bad. "Nowhere Fast", "Egyptian Musk" and "K-Horse" are easily as good as anything from the first album, whilst tracks like "God" are so OTT and cheesy that they somehow work.
Overall this album is worth owning. It's just not as good as the first H.A. album. I fear 'Decadence' may be a one-off album of lovelyness.