Klaxons - Surfing The Void
Original full review here.
I think the album is good because it takes the wondrous ideas that only Klaxons seem capable of thinking up and using them to create ten songs that are more or less all epic. There are a couple of dips, such as Extra Astronomical and Future Memories, but it definitely never spoils the album, which keeps up the pace and hardly ever lets up.
There are heavier moments, where the music turns into a fury of sorts (which thankfully is a success) such as Flashover and the album closer Cypherspeed, more anthemic, radio-friendly (to a limited extent) songs such as Echoes or Twin Flames, and there is definitely a sense of audacity on quite a lot of the songs. Valley Of The Calm Trees and Venusia are also notable highlights.
I think the band have made a great album, and all the songs seem at home here on this album. Having said that, I would love to hear what the record label originally rejected; some songs I heard live were actually very good.
Previous albums: Myths Of The Near Future (8/10)