Evolving..favorite album yet
By Roscoe P Coltrane
I felt I had to post my review because I have a hard time understanding why everyone dislikes this album so much. I held off purchasing this record for almost 2 months after it was released because of all the negative reviews,but then I got the trial of apple music and gave the album a try. I was really surprised at how good it is. It is very different than the first 2, which everyone has noted, but IMO that's what they needed. I don't want them becoming AC/DC and playing the same song on 20 different records. I heard all types of influences from Weezer-ish power cords to Depeche Mode inspired electronic rock, and for good measure there are a few hard rocking songs that could have been pulled off Mister Asylum. I will say not all of it is amazing, the interludes were not for me, but this album is much more melodic and easier to listen to than The Boy Who Died Wolf. The song writing also took a step forward with more introspection and honesty than I had expected. Overall, it's a wonderful listen and had they released the record under another band name, my bet is it would have been well received by the same people who kick it.
One other thing to clear up, I saw comments in a few reviews about the "rapping" of which there is very little of. On the couple of songs that it does pop up in, it's entertaining, not distracting or overwhelming. Give the guys a break and let them spread their wings. They're peacocks, you gotta let them fly! - Det. Terry Hoitz
What can I say?
All the other negative reviews are spot on. I won’t bother repeating what they’ve already said. That said, this album changed my life in one way. I will never pre-purchase an album by a band I love again. This isn’t a “new direction”, it’s something else entirely that betrays everything they wrote previously.
Downloaded the whole album which I haven’t done in years. I love it.
Another solid album
Great album, I’ll agree with most people that it is different than the other 2, But. Just like the other 2 you can hit play on song 1 and let it play! I love when that happens and not many bands can do it! They have done it 3 times now. Another good one this year is I prevail - Trauma.
By Hate southern il
This lead singer sounds like Caleb from Kings Of Leon! I like the song 16.
it gets better when you dont listen to it
if you listen to the instruments and not the lyrics it sounds decent. In previous albums I was critical of the fact that it felt like he would write the lyrics and then come back and haphazardly drop profanity into the song without it really making much sense or bettering the song, but these songs make me cringe from start to finish. Im a huge fan of gojira and am now actually disapointed in them. How did that happen? The majority of these songs are terrible exept for upperdrugs. Drug abuse really speaks to me. thanks for not messing that one up.
Could not possibly be more disappointed in what these guys turned into. Some garbage mix of the worst of their older stuff and pop/lame rap. Don’t waste your time or money.
All fans of Highly Suspect obviously love rock. So the fact they wanted to move so far from it stung a bit, but I like many genres and appreciate their skill and artistry in past music of theirs, but this album was just a hot mess. There didn’t seem to be any flow to the album it was just all over the place, the lyrics had very little depth, and the overall sound was unimpressive. There were a few moments where I heard classic HS (16 and Arizona) but neither of them surpassed their best previous work. It seems to be the product of a conflated ego, existing in an echo chamber, and being determined to be “different” while also pandering to the modern pop/hip-hop scene.
Went from reinventing music to this?
I’m honestly just speechless...
10,000 points from Gryffindor!!!
You caught the snitch.