Enter Shikari
Common Dreads


1.0
awful

Review

by Vikki Hall USER (20 Reviews)
June 11th, 2009 | 92 replies | 7,035 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think Enter Shikari have proven why they had to sign themselves.

5 of 10 thought this review was well written

Enter Shikari rose from absolutely nothing and created themselves through their independance and individuality when they brought a brand new sound to teenagers a few years ago. They sold out Astoria whilst still unsigned, put on some great energetic live shows and released a decent debut album with Take To The Skies.

Enter Shikari pick up right where they left off at the end of Take To The Skies, their previous album. A quick look and it's obvious that they've tried to re-create the formula of TTTS with having an album intro and several interludes placed around the album, and having an extensive track count of 15 songs - only two less than TTTS. Already it feels as if Enter Shikari had absolutely no idea of what to do with this album and only recorded it to keep the glow-stick waving generation of teenagers happy.

Listening through this record though, it becomes even clearer that this is terrible. Painful vocals and boring guitars mixed together with average drums and some slightly decent synths go together to make one of the most unenjoyable listens of 2009 so far. Enter Shikari seemed to want some change with this so the lead singer Rou Reynolds started rapping some lines, for example, in Hectic, Rou raps a bit and comes off as if he was copying that guy from Hadouken. In fact, a lot of the synths and trance arrangements sound as if they were stolen from Hadoukens' 'Music For An Accelerated Culture' - Which isn't much to be proud of.

More into my point of how they seem to be repeating themselves however, it seems some of the songs are bad rip-offs of their earlier songs. For example, the intro of Solidarity seems to be a sped up and slightly altered intro of Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour from Take To The Skies, Fanfare For The Conscious Man has a slightly Johnny Sniper-esque intro, and Gap In The Fence seems to be the Adieu of the album. Now that might not be so bad, I could get into the songs on Take To The Skies, but it just seems as if they took them not so bad songs and killed them completely, and instead of burying them like they should have, they've put them on CD's and sold them to kids. That's no better than taking advantage of the handicapped.

Rou's vocals seem to have become worse, something which I didn't think was possible. On Take To The Skies, his voice was pretty bad but it went alright with the music. Now he's taken on rapping and spoken-word techniques and nearly given up the raspy screams, they're still here but less frequent. The spoken-worded parts and rapped lines are extremely pointless as they seem to make the album worse than it already is. I think they added them for effect but bearing in mind, Enter Shikari always seemed like a novelty, fun type of band, they carry no real meaning and it doesn't feel right with Enter Shikari singing or speaking lyrics which are supposed to be about important topics; such as the political underline there seems to be with Common Dreads. When Rou does sing, it doesn't sound too bad, it's not great but it's not unbearable either.

Overall, it is a bland attempt at re-creating something which should only have been done once. I can't see too much that's right with this album because nothing stands out to me here whereas with Take To The Skies, there was a lot more to like about it, even if it was just the novelty. Common Dreads makes me ask myself who on earth gave these guys a recording contract, but then I remembered...

They made their own record label and gave themselves one.



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t4n2004
June 11th 2009



37 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album is really bad. Great review. This is just a worse TTYS. I didn't know what they created their own record label. Thats hilarious!

Mordecai.
June 11th 2009



8277 Comments


"Enter Shikari always seemed like a novelty, fun type of band"

My feelings. Good review, but i think everyone is too harsh on these guys. Its fun music, but yeah, its average

ArmyOfRage
June 11th 2009



230 Comments


Thank you =)

Mordecai.
June 11th 2009



8277 Comments


i mean, at least these guys aren't Brokencyde, they mix genres tastefully

Chewie
June 11th 2009



4531 Comments


band suxx

ArmyOfRage
June 11th 2009



230 Comments


Brokencyde are an abomination on music.

ConorMichaelJoseph
June 11th 2009



1870 Comments


Great review, pos'd

ArmyOfRage
June 11th 2009



230 Comments


Thank you .

Better response than the other review for this album at least

Phantom
June 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Common Dreads makes me ask myself who on earth gave these guys a recording contract, but then I remembered...

They made their own record label and gave themselves one.


Ha, awesome.

AtavanHalen
June 11th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't heard this yet but first album was great.

ArmyOfRage
June 11th 2009



230 Comments


Don't bother, even if you did like the first album =/

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2009



7023 Comments


This is an improvement over their debut, but I doubt it will have much staying power.

Digging: FKA twigs - LP1

TrojanWhore
June 12th 2009



752 Comments


Band have always been pretty shitty tbh

Titan50
June 12th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pretty good review. Heard Juggernauts just now and I really quite liked it. I find Rou's heavily British voice quite nice, and his screams have definitely improved. Enjoyed their debut, so I will be picking this up

Fugue
June 12th 2009



7352 Comments


Much better review than the other one. I unashamedly liked TTTS but everything I have heard off of this so far has made my ears bleed, in the bad kind of way.

Douglas
June 12th 2009



9098 Comments


Can your ears bleed in a good way?

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

Fugue
June 12th 2009



7352 Comments


Idk in the heavy br00tal mehtal kinda way I guess.

Fugue
June 12th 2009



7352 Comments


And these guys aren't heavy br00tal mehtul.

Douglas
June 12th 2009



9098 Comments


Very very true

ArmyOfRage
June 12th 2009



230 Comments


Juggernauts seems to be the only track that sounds slightly decent, but one good track out of 15 most definately deserves a 1/5 album rating.



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