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Addictive Debut Album,
This review is from: Take To The Skies (Ltd Edition CD + DVD) (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of enter shikari for over a year now so I was eagerly anticipating their first album. My first impressions were a little mixed because, a few of the songs that I remember and love have been re-recorded and remixed.
Actually I'd already heard most of the songs. The new ones are no Sssweat which is a frantic, fast paced song, 'today wont go down in history' which displays their good vocal talent on the album, and 'adieu' which is a slower song.
I'll just get the bad out of the way - They murdered the beggining of return to energizer, I have to agree with the other reviewer whosays it is like pillow screaming. That's exactly what its like. So I just try to ignore the first 10 seconds of that song, but the rest is fine.
There seems to be a lot of short interlude songs on this CD which include 'stand your ground in this ancient land. Some of the interludes are actually quite good because they seem to create a central theme throughout the album, and you will find yourself hearing the line "and still we will be here, standing like statues" being chanted quite a bit throughout, which comes from the song titled 'enter shikari'. It's this that makes me want to keep going back to the album and listening because its very addictive to listen to and chant along. However, there are two particular interludes that are just pointless. Tracks 11 and 13. one is 18 seconds long and the other is 35, and they just seem really random, like they've been put there at the last minute. Lastly,I wish they had included 'when a jealous man finds a gun' its my favourite song by them.
But apart from that, after I listened to this a bit more, I grew to love it. 'sorry you're not a winner' is the stand out track which can be easily recognised by the well known clap clap clap. 'Anything can happen...' is also a good track, the re-recording is very good, yet I still prefer the older one. The new version of 'Mothership' on the other hand is more superior this time round because theres a lot more emotion in the vocals and it gives a a new sense of epicness to it.
I think this album is essential for fans of enter shikari because its evident from this debut how much they have grown and become more comfortable with their style. It's also a good purchase for someone looking for something new to listen to, because they wont have heard anything like this before. This band is bound to spawn many imitators but, none will surpass enter shikari. If you are into rock music and synths, buy this, you will probably be hooked on it for ages.
This album is a brave and bold statement for a new genre of modern rock that is going to become even more popular in the future.
Oh, and if you get the chance to see them live, you wont be disappointed, one of the best live acts I've seen.