I thought the last one was pretty cool, interesting ideas etc, but this is something else. First genuine contender for album of the year me thinks. Kind of reminds me in terms of the leap (both stylistic and in terms of quality) that Muse took in between Showbiz and Origin Of Symmetry. The songs are clearly a lot bigger, and have much more focus, but still retain the weirdness that make them appeal in the first place. The singles, Cough Cough and Kemosabe, are pure pop gold and quite rightly have elevated the bands profile recently (the former actually reached the top 40 in October). Duet is a better Coldplay/Arcade Fire song than either band has written since their careers began. The likes of Don't Try and Undrowned are also personal highlights.
So yeah, after having it on repeat for 2 days straight, I can definitely say its pretty ace. Anyone else given it a listen? Thoughts?
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