Hadouken! - For The Masses
Original full review here.
First of all, I would like to express my bewilderment at the professional critics, who have mostly given this album negative reviews. I happen to think that this is a great album - it is catchy and the tunes stick with you. It does what it sets out to do in sounding amazing and massive, and despite the underlying sense of aggression that runs through it, it's one of the best albums I heard this year.
Hadouken! sound like they've gone for bigger and better than their first album. In a lot of ways it works, but in others, they still sound a little ridiculous (Ugly's lyrics, for example), but they can still turn it around and make it fantastic by the end. Nevertheless, this is a good progression from their first album.
Previous albums: Music For An Accelerated Culture (7/10)