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You tell me because I haven't heard it yet.
But it's a solid 7/10
he managed to summarise everything I felt upon seeing them at Latitude.
Kind of like a small-time footballer moving to a big club and then deciding not to bother. Or not.
I work 5 mins away from the legendry venue, fancied a gig next week and bought a ticket for the Howling Bells. Got to say i haven't actually listened to any of their songs but I love a gig and hopefully it will match your 7/10
I haven't heard the entirety of the album but I highly doubt it's only worth 1.5/5 to someone who liked the debut. 1.5/5 should be a truly dire album without any redeeming features. Do people give low scores to try and be controversial?
bar Into The Chaos, which is ok.
As good as their debut? No, but there are some really great moments on it.
It's just that there are a couple of stinkers ("It Aint You" has some of the worst lyrics i've heard in a long while and "Let's Be Kids" aint too good either) that stop it from being real great.
Having said that Treasure Hunt, Cities Burning Down, Into The Chaos, Golden Web and the secret song all sound fantastic to these ears.
And Digital Hearts sounds like it could be a real summer hit - amazing little pop song.
Enjoy them live - you have to be some kind of crazy person not to enjoy their gigs. But be prepared to do some serious swooning!
...after a few listens, I must admit. And this comes only a few months after first hearing their debut, which I immediately loved and couldn't stop going on about. Now, it's not a dreadful album and their are some highlights, but I think their is a tendency to resent this album for being such a let down on the promise the first one seemed to present. We all admit the truth that second albums separate the men from the boys, so to speak, but it always hurts a bit when a band you actually felt quite excited about, doesn't deliver. So no, it's not worth 1.5 but I can kind of understand why someone would give it that paltry score.
Thing is, I wouldn't rave about the debut. It's competent and entertaining, but hardly blow your mind material. I'd give it 7/10 maybe. Haven't heard the new album yet, but I'll certainly give it a listen.
And it's true, it gets better with every listen. But if you didn't think much of their debut (you strange strange person you) then this won't do much for you either.
On a first listen, I think I'd rate this one over the debut. Aside from "Let's Be Kids", which barely warrants the title of "filler", it's pretty interesting.
"Cities Burning Down" is a knock-out. I'm much more impressed by it now than I was when I first heard it ages ago. It throws "Low Happening" -- their previous best -- to the mat and pins within 30 seconds. I reckon the orchestration throughout is more interesting than on the debut too.
Plus, only 10 tracks -- I love it when a band shows some fucking restraint!
it would have to be offensively bad and actually make me angry
Obviously a more commercial-sounding pop effort yet it still retains some of the noirish, driving-down-a-dusty-road-at-night vibes that made the debut so great. Bit saddened by the mixed response to it tbh.
as strong as the debut. Its definately a lot more immediate as well, I remember the first album took a while to sink in with me but this one is a hit already. Some great pop tunes, granted cities burning down is a few years old but its a cracker and they'd have been daft to leave it off..
Anyone going to see them tonight in Portsmouth?
I got the wrong cover haha