Top positive review
on 19 February 2008
I don't know how to explain this particularly well but for a band who are ultimately so massively accessible I can't understand why I don't get it straight away with each new release. Perhaps it's because on first listen, with the exception of a couple of obvious rockers, there seems nothing new and it seems a wash of blandness.
Then two or three listens later I'm thinking...'what was I thinking.'
This, as with all three previous albums, is excellent. Yes the production seems to give it less kick, the guitar seems lower in the mix and on occasion the keyboard more to the fore but the quality of the songs, the melody's and the singing just blow those concerns away. Once immersed in the album you hardly notice the production changes anyway and are just focused on the songs. They all seem to kick enough for me.
There are definite elements of Bleed American creeping back in that were generally missing from Futures ....the beach boy style almost tounge in cheek vocal harmonies and 60's rock and roll feel. Most importantly it's a record reflecting elements of their all the previous 3 albums and just moving on to the next level.
For me there is not a bad song on it. Just give it time. It will never be Clarity, Bleed American or Futures but it will stand up to them in it's own right. At the moment i'm enjoying it as much, if not more, than all three of those and it's is strong from start to finish.