The Enemy
We'll Live And Die In These Towns


2.5
average

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
October 19th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album isn’t terrible, its just far too dull, mundane, and samey to warrant more than a few listens.

The Enemy – a trio of boys emerging from Coventry in northern England - are a band all about passion and energy. At first, the energy distributed by the tight songs with catchy choruses is almost overawing, and, although the music is hardly technically proficient, comes off as a good listen. The problem is that after the first listen, it all becomes too repetitive, and it’s all been done better by, lets face it, better bands.

The Enemy Are:
- Tom Clarke: Lead vocals, Guitar, Piano
- Andy Hopkins: Bass Guitar, Backing vocals
- Liam Watts: Drums

Typically many albums like this are very guitar centred, with intelligent riffs driving the songs forward, and providing a good energy for the listener, while the rest of the music just blends into the background. I would say that, in this respect, this album delivers exactly what it promises. The guitar work is generally effective throughout the entirety of the album, with perhaps the exception of 'Happy Birthday Jane' and 'Your Not Alone' where the guitar takes the back seat to the vocals. Funnily enough however, the best songs on the album are the songs where the guitars are toned down, allowing the vocals to lead, rather than attempt to keep up, and I'm certain that if the majority of the music was like ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ , then this album would get perhaps a 3 or 3.5.

Unfortunately, saying this for the most part Clarke’s vocal performance is too timid in respect to the guitar, which causes a weird and undesirable effect. The vocals are hugely inconsistent, and, as mentioned above work best on songs like 'Your Not Alone' where the vocals are actually quite good. However, on the other end of the stick, we get given some pretty unimaginative singing, such as on ‘It’s Not OK’ where the vocal performance is oh so unoriginal, and fairly half-assed.

The lyrics are also pretty sub-par; characteristically many of lyrics seem to be about living dreary monotonous lives in scummy towns. Ironically, the success of the band will assure this teenage trio that they won’t have to. The lyrics are for the most part poor, the sort of corny lyrics that Alex Turner or the Gallagher brothers would throw in the bin. Every second line seems like a cliché, but even this could work well with a better vocalist than Tom Clarke.

The drumming is also adequate, generally keeping a good beat and rhythm. The brilliantly titled ‘Technodanceaphobic’ is the only song that attempts to be really drum driven. Unfortunately this doesn’t work particularly well as the drumming is just too average. However, to be fair to the song, the bass riff is incredibly catchy, and the vocals aren’t half as bad as most on the album, saving the song from the sort of dullness found in ‘Happy Birthday Jane’ and ’40 days and 40 nights’ [/b]

Onto the songs themselves, and, while a few are good, many are pretty bad; it is one of those albums where in order to get to the good stuff, you need to sift through the crap. ‘Aggro’ is a very bad opening track. It doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the opening to the album, and is probably the only truly bad song until the end of the aforementioned ‘Technodanceaphobic’ . Another dismally poor track would be ‘Happy Birthday Jane’ , a song so dreary that it will put most people to sleep. The highlight of the album is in the middle of the album, where the one-two punch of ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns and ‘Your Not Alone’ give the album false hope of exceeding expectations. Both songs slow the tempo of the album down slightly and although they are a . The former is probably the most honest song on the album. The music is restrained to such a level, that Clarke's vocals actually lead the rest of it, creating the sort of music that I expected when first picking up this album. The latter is also an incredibly restrained song, but is also probably the most emotionally involved track on the album, which is a positive in my book.

Overall, this album is infuriatingly mediocre. There are one or two very good tracks indeed, but there is also a lot of filler, and, on repeat listens it is clear that many of the tracks do sound the same. Although the start of the album is promising, the lifeless ending more than cancels this out. I can see this band being much better live than on record, but having never seen them, I couldn’t back that up with evidence. If you are a fan of this type of music, then I suggest you find the singles (there are many of them, at least five) and see what you think before buying the rest of the album. If you are not a fan of the style, then I recommend you steer clear altogether, as there is nothing that will change your mind on the genre.

Pros
- Good guitar work for the most part of the album
- The title track, and ‘Your not Alone’ are really very good tracks.

Cons
- Inconsistent vocals from Tom Clarke.
- Poor end to the album
- The dreary ‘Happy Birthday Jane’

Overall 50/100 = 2.5 average



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flamethisuser
October 19th 2008


395 Comments


one-two punch of [b] ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns [b/] and [b] ‘Your Not Alone’ [b] give the album


Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


Yeah, I'm back. This is my longest review by about 150 words, but I'm not completely sure about it =/.

Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


thanks for the proof read, I'll change that just now.

Inperiour
October 19th 2008


78 Comments


Absolute wank band, I hate them because they are from around my neck of the woods, and to say they're overrated is a grave understatement over here.



Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


OK fair enough mate. I gave them a 2.5 because I like a few tracks, It'll probably go down to a 2 when/if I get bored of those though.

Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


OK fair enough mate. I gave them a 2.5 because I like a few tracks, It'll probably go down to a 2 when/if I get bored of those though.

Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


Uhh, whoops, didn't mean to do that, how do you delete comments???

Inperiour
October 19th 2008


78 Comments


I'm not telling you to change your rating, I'm just expressing my opinion.

Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


Yeah, I know that. Looking at the sort of music you like, it doesn't exactly surprise me that your not into this.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2008


7360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album, but I can see why you don't.

Maybe after a while my rating will drop, as the songs do sound similar, and the band themselves are nothing new.

They are pretty good live though.

Fugue
October 19th 2008


7353 Comments


Yeah I know people who like the album, I think this band has a pretty big following in the indie community, although I'm not sure about it.

Oh and thanks for the pos, whoever gave it =]

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008


20857 Comments


Who do they compare most to...???

Fugue
October 20th 2008


7353 Comments


Personally I would say they are a poor mans Arctic Monkeys, but thats me. If your going to look into this album, I suggest you listen to some of the numerous singles first.

spoon_of_grimbo
May 1st 2009


2241 Comments


this band are always on about "living in scummy towns" and how they're the voice of the working class. well, i'm at uni in coventry, where they're from, and i found out from some locals the other day that the guys in this band are from Kenilworth, a VERY posh and upmarket suburb/village outside coventry.

a case of spoilt kids bitching and moaning.

Phantom
May 1st 2009


8930 Comments


They're on C4 at the moment. Boring and christ is the singer fugly

rollnchew
July 30th 2009


85 Comments


coventry is in the midlands. not northern. middle.

Pheromone
October 25th 2013


3633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really enjoyable album with a few too many fillers but an overall nice package which wont leave you disappointed.


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SnakeDelilah
March 17th 2014


7904 Comments


Tom Clarke is the worst fucking singer ever.

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