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Utterly superb guitar music but...
on 29 October 2010
This record contains some of the best guitar I have ever heard. "Antidotes" was so good, it seemed unlikely that the band could do better, but delightfully they have. There's not such a raw edge to the music, it's a much more "produced" sound, but the interweaving of the guitars is just if not more brilliant. The emotional tone of the record is quite a lot darker than "Antidotes", and though there are some lighter songs, "Total Life Forever" is probably one to avoid when you're feeling a bit down.
But... the lyrics just haven't kept up with the brilliant music. In fact they are really disappointing and, for me at least, this gets in the way of listening to the music. Admittedly, the lyrics on "Antidotes" were not the strong point, but they were often cheerful and fun, even ridiculous sometimes ("An aviary for today!"). Darker lyrics have to be a lot stronger to work. And while there's are plenty of good themes behind the lyrics, the words themselves are not powerful enough to match the music.
So if the band ever read their own reviews, please don't ever stop making this wonderful guitar music! But do please work harder on the lyrics so they complement the music rather than getting in the way.