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Cookie-cutter song writing...
on 17 September 2006
I was hooked on this band from the moment I heard their single 'Raoul'. Couldn't wait for their album to come out so I could see what else they had to offer. Then 'Monster' was released, and I was beginning to think these guys could be something very special.
Unfortunately, my hopes seem to have been dashed. EVERY song on this album sounds the same bar the last two; 'By My Side', and 'Rats' which I think are solid pieces in their own right.
Honestly, every song has the same rhythmn, the same chords, and the lead singer only seems to have a binary note range. It's like all they've done is changed the words.
I've noticed a lot of reviewers on this site seem to get annoyed with the emo-esque keyboardist, Penny. I am with them, I too think he's very irritating, however I think his screaming is necessary on this album purely to inject some energy into the lead singer's lack-lustre droning.
I've given the album 2 stars because I do still really like the aforementioned tracks, however I expect more variety for my money, something this SEVERELY lacks.