- Audio CD (5 May 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Eagle Rock
- ASIN: B000087D8I
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Therapy? are a strange bunch. Malingering somewhere between the political and the comic, the punky, the poppy and the metallic, they've spent 15 years purposefully avoiding categorisation. If only there were more bands with that kind of courage. So, High Anxiety is a welcome return after two painful years without a drummer or a record deal. True to form, they've recruited a sticksman from the very top drawer. Where 2001's Shameless employed Barrett Martin, the powerhouse behind Screaming Trees, High Anxiety features Neil Cooper from the criminally ignored the Beyond. The effect is immediate, Cooper adding a vital edge and energy to a set of songs that, for the most part, would not make it onto any Therapy? hits package.
Highlights are the opening, rumbling and humorously blasphemous "Hey Satan--You Rock", the bitter and menacing "Not in Any Name", the epic, howling closer "Rust" and "Limbo" which knowingly quotes from the Beyond's "Eve of My Release". Also excellent is the hidden track "Never Ending", a despairing pop metal that really should be on the CD proper (you can find it after seven minutes of "Rust"). Fans will find much to enjoy here, but the songwriting is too inconsistent to engage outsiders. Maybe next time --Dominic Wills
Top Customer Reviews
Not all the tracks are as good however. Closer 'Rust' massively outstays it's welcome - another example of 'fade out, silence, pointless fade back in, fade out silence,' ... why do rock bands feel the need to do this?
The album is around 40 minutes long, in my opinion, the perfect length for a rock metal album of a band like this. The production is great. Gritty, heavy dynamic and not soullessly over polished.
As far as the lyric book goes; it's just a few arty photos of the band in the studio, the titles for the songs and a line from each of them. Also, interestingly, Therapy? have seemingly quite deliberately taken photos of their gear, supposedly what they used on the album, something rarely done (oddly) by guitar bands and we should see more of!
Overall, I'm glad I bought this album. A great collection of songs, some of Therapy?'s best, not as consistent as their best but pretty close nonetheless. Check it out!
Other highlights of the album include current single (at the time of writing) 'If It Kills Me' which typifies the album as a whole - more melodic than previous outings but easily as heavy. As you'd expect the playing is faultless and the band stick to their guns from start to finish.
I gather the band are getting more publicity with this album and while it's not my favourite they certainly deserve it. A worthy addition to their portfolio but no Troublegum.
I can say that I was not Dissapointed this time and I found High Anxiety to be a good album using some of the better elements from Shameless and Throwing in some of the rock An Roll Elements of Troublegum.
The Fun Humour in "Hey Satan you rock" brought a smile to my face and the Passion of "If it should kill me" Brings the Album to life.
A great Job Therapy Keep it up.
This album is...OK.
It's certainly one of the best albums of the year, but compare it to Troublegum, Infernal Love and Suicide Pact and you notice it lacks one thing: Andy Cairns being F*cked up.
It's a known fact that in this day and age, Andy is a happy man, married with kids, no drug or beer addiction. Tracks like 'Hey satan...' 'Who knows...' and 'Never Ending' are without a doubt class tunes, but they don't contain that seething bitterness that previous Therapy? albums have. Neil Cooper does a great job on drums, his work closer to Fyfe's that Graham Hopkins was, but the quiet nerosis, the subtle cello work, angsty lyrics and raw pain are all missing. I somehow feel this album is an attempted grasp to beyound their fan base, perhaps attempting to draw in the 14 year old kids wearing blink 182 hoodies. Don't get me wrong, this album is good, a good listen from start to finish, but it's not great. Not by Therapy?'s standards anyway.
Now 13 years after their formation, their luck seems to have returned. "High Anxiety" is more than a little bit good. From the opening noise of "Hey Satan - You Rock" it's clear that Therapy? mean business again, the business in question being to make everyone's ears bleed and have a lot of fun doing it.
First single "If It Kills Me" was criminally ignored by just about every radio station, but in a fair world would have been the death knell for nu-metal.
"Not In My Name" is the finest anti-war song you're likely to hear in a long time, whilst "Who Knows" is another highlight.
The disappointments are "My Voodoo Doll" and bonus track "Never Ending", which bear comparison to Less Than Jake, and don't work as well as the album's heavier tracks.
But overall this is a fine album. The music is inventive, aggressive, and most of all, fun. Therapy? have never been a band satisfied with one-dimensional de-tuned guitar-beating but they've surpassed even their own high standards of old. And more good news - new drummer Neil Cooper fits in like he's been there all along.
If this is a sign of the next 13 years, it's gonna be a hell of a time for rock music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another fantastic album from Therapy? Not really listened to any of the albums since Semi Detached but I was not disappointed with this album. Very good tracks all the way thru.Published 6 months ago by Jamie Robertson
This is probably closet to Semi Detached in terms of sound. Big choruses and riffs reminiscent of the great 90s british rock sound. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2013 by MR R A JOHNSON
The album was a birthday present and was shipped the same day as the order. My brother was very happy with the service.Published on 29 Mar. 2010 by Mrs. L. Buchan
this album rocks. its that simple. the boys are back with a bigger and thicker sound.the songs are all pretty dammed good and the better songs on show here are excellent like the... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2007 by ben_jekyll
therapy? always rocked,but this is quite possibly their heaviest album yet,granted it isnt as heavy as hate eternal but for therapy? Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2006 by sean paul mccann
I can still rememeber the day I first heard T?, many years ago while sitting in the back of the car and listening to the Radio1 Rock Show. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2004
'Hey Satan - You Rock' the opening title of 'Therapy's?' latest offering sets the tone for one of the best comeback albums in the last 10 years. Read morePublished on 28 May 2003 by MarqVas
Quite simply one of the worst albums I've ever had to listen to. There isn't a single redeeming feature on this album. It's a long way from the Trigger Inside. Read morePublished on 16 May 2003