Thursday, 20 December 2012
Best Of 2012: #6
#6 - The Enemy - Streets In The Sky
So many people slag off The Enemy, and it's not hard to see why. However, if you're looking for simple, straight-up guitar tunes and not a wide amount of innovation (like me) you're not going to do much better than this album. They tried the innovation with previous album Music For The People, and it kind of worked, but it didn't really suit them. So this time, they've just gone into full-on rock mode for the majority of these songs. The first four tracks will all make you jump and dance around, playing an imaginary guitar. (Just me? Awkward...) And there are a few more like that later on in the album. But the highlights are the ones that change up a little bit. Those ones are epic build-up anthem This Is Real, the more acoustic-y 2 Kids, or the penultimate track Get Up And Dance, with its grand chorus 'You can't live on memories when memories fade...' In fact, the album has very few flaws... until the very final second of the album; where we find the most annoying thing on any album this year. Make A Man is a great song, make no mistake, but its ending is so, so bad. It just randomly stops, for absolutely no logical reason. I had to copy a chorus in to replace the sudden stop, repeat it and then fade it out, in order to make it better. And if I can create a better ending just copying and pasting, it's probably clear that the original one wasn't good to begin with. But that's really my only real problem with this album. The tunes are all there. Simplistic, straightforward guitar pop suits The Enemy.
RECOMMEND: Bigger Cages Longer Chains, This Is Real, Get Up And Dance
LOW POINTS: Like A Dancer, Make A Man