After the amazing self titled debut in 2010, the South Yorkshire quartet return with "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be" Nine tracks of soaring epic melodies,matching textures & guitars conspiring to raise tingles.
Look past the obvious influences & jump feet first into impressively crafted album. Sonic perfection..
1. The Rapture 10/10 2. Albion 9/10 3. Fiction 9/10 4. When They Rise 9/10 5. Higher Bound 10/10 6. Holy War 9/10 7. Promise 10/10 8. Glass Houses 9/10 9. Open Your Sky 9/10
Arctic Monkeys have a contender for their UK best band title!!
This is a record of two halves for me - and that's not just because I own it on vinyl. The first five tracks seem to be vying for that elusive radio audience and in fairness `The Rapture', 'Fiction' and especially `When They Rise' are all incredibly catchy numbers and deserve to be hits...but pop hits are not the reason I listen to Exit Calm. Its tracks like side two's opener `Holy War' that make Exit Calm such an exciting band for me, the track sounds like a jam that became a song, its sprawling, dense and claustrophobic with great lyrics to boot. The last three tracks continue to offer the more interesting songs (less poppy), `Glass Houses' builds beautifully but just as you think it's about to soar into the stratosphere it just ends. The same can be said for the sublime closing number `Open Your Sky', a truly lovely track that for me ends far too soon. All in all this is a great record, I fully respect the band for wanting to trim the fat from their songs, I guess I just have a personal preference for `full fat' Exit Calm. Incidentally, great live band.
Lots of reviewers give 5 stars to albums when they are just good albums this is better than that. Trouble is it needs more than a couple of listens something that most listeners are not prepared to do. Give this a chance and you will be rewarded. Every song has something good to listen out for, Promise, The rapture and Higher bound are outstanding to me but the others are only slightly behind. Pure class a genuine 5 star album