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Streets In The Sky
on 7 September 2012
The Enemy unfortunately are one of those bands from the Brit Rock/Pop revival of the mid 2000's that despite a promising debut and not even particularly bad second album are now drifting into the wilderness. This isn't to say it's a bad album or the music is poor, It's just like many bands of that era they had their moment and it seems to have passed. In short bands like this should be getting more air time and publicity and scaling the singles charts.
The sound is instantly recognisable for anyone who owns one or both of their previous albums; there has been no great shift in sound. Though this album is much louder and more consistently aggressive than their previous albums. They do this well and singles Gimme A Sign & Saturday illustrate this perfectly, they're both very catchy. My only criticism is it is maybe too aggressive each track blends into the next without ever really slowing the pace and giving the listener chance to draw breath. Some of my favourite Enemy tracks were when they were a bit more pop/melancholy and slowed the pace ever so slightly.
That said it's an album well worth its price if you're a fan or enjoy the whole Brit Pop/Rock thing. It's just hard to tell whether through no fault of their own they sound out of place or if they've just run out of ideas.
On a side note I think the album art is cracking...one of the best for 2012.