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Very good but with a problem.....,
This review is from: Music For The People (Audio CD)
Well this is a huge crashing rock 'n' roll album if I ever heard one. No electric sounds to be heard, all acoustic instruments used, big riffs, big songs! The album was recorded on tape rather than digitally to give it a real rocking feel. What more could we ask for?? Mabey some more originality in some of the songs...
None of the songs are bad and 'Elephant song', 'No time for tears', 'Sing when you're in love', 'Keep Losing' and 'Silver spoon' are exceptionally good songs in their own right. But everytime I listen to this album the Enemy's influences sound more and more as though they are directing the bands music rather than helping them find their own sound.
The album has a very 'punk' feel to it throughout heard clearly in the lyrics, guitar and hooks. Whilst this is in no way a condemning feature, songs such as 'Nation of checkout Girls', 'Be somebody' and 'Don't break the red tape' are too reminiscent of the ledgends of punk: The Sex Pistols and the Clash. In fact the whole album reminded me alot of London Calling and Never Mind the Bollocks.
Sometimes this simmilarity in sound borders on unoriginality and ruins the album for me slightly as I would prefer in the long run of listening to this to just listen to these other great albums instead of listening to the Enemy's take on them.
Other than this though I cannot find many faults with the album: the lyrics are witty and catchy, the guitar ranges from the rocking to the melodic and quite superb, and the use of acoustic instruments doesn't at all sound out of place on any song.
Overall then a very successful second album....but why not try and expand the sound with the third???