It’s not groundbreaking, or brilliant, or any of the bevy of adjectives used to describe it when it was released. That shouldn’t take away from the captivating crescendo of the lead track, or the wonderful reverberation of “PDA”, or the other pleasures throughout, often centering on an authoritative bass. Indeed, the first half is as good a side A as you’ll find in the first decade of the new millennium, but it looses steam by the second hurdle, as it were. I wince at the Joy Division comparisons. Sonic arguments aside, Ian Curtis used music as an outlet for his depression, not to parade it around as these blokes seem wont to do.
[“Untitled”, “Obstacle 1”, “PDA”, “Say Hello to the Angels”]