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Neon Bible
Neon Bible
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong yet underwhelming follow up to Funeral, 14 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Neon Bible (Audio CD)
Having loved Funeral so much I was expecting this album to be a bit of a let down, or fail to hit their previous highs. To some extent this is true, is isn't as good as Funeral, however this doesn't prevent it being a strong album. It's weakness is that it fails to provide real stand-out tracks, with the middle of the album clutered with a number of similar sounding, slow paced tracks.

The opener 'Black Mirror' is a brooding epic, flowing into the more upbeat 'Keep the Care Running' of which I personally am not a huge fan, 'Neon Bible' is a rather low key throw-away track at 2 minutes long. 'Intervention' however raises the standard, offering one of the albums few stand-out tracks with its massive organ introduction and general sense of grandour that marks much of the album. 'Black Wave/Bad Vibrations' is another strong track, with its brooding wall of noise. 'Ocean of Noise' is a decent track, and sounds sightly like a less electronic version of many of the low key tracks from Radioheads Kid A/Amnesiac albums. 'The Well and the Lighthouse' is another decent track, however no better than any of the lesser tracks off Funeral (Haiti, Crown of Love etc.) '(Antichrist Television Blues)' is another decent track, however unable to standout or stick in your head. 'Windowsill', anthor reasonable track, yet again unable to really up itself to a 'great' track. 'No Cars Go' is probably the best track on the album, its pace, direction and simple yet effective structure being something that is missing from much of the rest of the album. The closing track 'My Body is a Cage' brings us back to the brooding organs from the start of the album, building up to a massive finale, allowing the album to end on a high.

Neon Bible is as good an album as most bands will release this year and is well worth buying, however it is not up to the standard of Funeral. It lacks the chaos, energy and pace of their debut, unable to reach the dazzling highs of Rebellion (lies), Wake up and Neighbourhoods #2 and #3, all of which are able to exclipse anything off Neon Bible. In all honestly I would have given the album 7 is the rating system was out of 10. However, if you are a fan, and are looking to get an album, then this is as still as good a choice as any currently out.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up, 8 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Starlight (Audio CD)
A really great single, bet it will be amazing live, although not sure how well the massive guitars fit with a slightly tinny piano part. Also have one really specific niggle, and I can't be the only person to notice this; the piano part is almost identical to that in Motorway to Roswell by Pixies, and I find it difficult to hear past that as soon as it kicks in.

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