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In Between Two States
on 3 September 2007
Literally, Athlete's third album resides between the sound and oevre of their previous two offerings, Vehicles & Animals, and Tourist.
As a result of this no-man's land between the two (one kooky and musical, one maudlin and anthemic), the resulting blandness equates to Athlete's seeming aspiration: let's take over where Coldplay left off.
Unfortunately, for a group who are fantastic live, and have obviously musical talent, they have sold themselves short on this album which sounds underproduced, insincere and altogether much of a nothingness. I give it three stars because their are three half-decent tracks: 'The Outsiders', 'Flying Over Bus Stops' and 'This Is What I Sound Like'.
There are no 'Westsides' and no 'If I Found Out' here, and Joel Pott sounds like he is stoned with a cold throughout most of it. A shame.