Lower Than Atlantis
World Record


3.5
great

Review

by clarityentendu USER (1 Reviews)
April 30th, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: World Record is the sound of a young band on the verge of something brilliant. With a little more time between albums this could have been perfect

Over their four year existence, Hertfordshire’s, almost/not really hardcore quartet, Lower Than Atlantis have grown to an amazing level of popularity. Their 2010 album Far Q was a critic’s favourite and earned them the title of Britain’s “bright young hope” for punk music. One year later and the band, featuring Declan Hart on bass, Eddy Thrower on drums, Ben Samson on guitar and, of course, the distinct vocals of Mike Duce, also on guitar, are back and ready to take on the world with 12 face blistering hardcore songs. Or not. An album to win the mainstream, and lose the hardcore, World Record, teams memorable hooks with mid-paced alt rock, and seems to plant the band firmly on the road to establishing themselves as a meatier answer for those tired of Kids In Glass Houses.

Starting with “(Motor) Way Of Life”, a song about touring and general rebellion, and one of the highlights of the albums for me. A perfect start, the song races out of the tracks and leaves the listener with a smile on their face. The first thing I noticed was how much Mike’s voice has improved, his vocals being one of the standout features of the record.

Next “Beech Like The Tree”, the first single off the album, is a short, catchy, song. Likeable vocals and quirky guitars make the song memorable. “High At Five” is another standout track. The first song on the album which confronts real personal matters, this song is truly a song for the recession generation. Perfectly capturing the feeling of many young people today, it’s a great song, and starts the slowly darkening lyrics of the album. I found the next track, “Uni 9mm” to be the first song that falls below the standard set by the opening tracks. Not particularly bad, but boring and forgettable, it seems a lot longer than 3:19, nice lyrics but they’re wasted on this song.
“Another Sad Song” does what it says on the tin. An emotive song that reminds me of some of the emo bands of the 90‘s. A great song that achieves with ease what many of the modern ‘emo” bands would cut of their fringes to create. It maintains a slow pace without getting boring. The song builds up to a perfect crescendo. Let me repeat this, perfect. I dare you to sit alone and listen to it without getting a little emotional.

“Marilyn’s Mansion” is only one minute along and is a fun song about childhood. A bit too short, but spiky. “Deadliest Catch” is my favourite track on the album. The second single off the album, it’s a sea themed take on heartbreak. With a hook catchier (geddit!) than any Top 40 song, in an ideal world this would have topped the charts for weeks. Fantastic lyrics and a great chorus, it’s a song that proves how great this band can be.

“Bug” is fast, short, and possibly the most hardcore track off the record, complete with great gang shouting. “Up In Smoke” sounds like a continuation of the previous track. While it’s a decent track, it left me wondering why they didn’t just make “Bug” a little longer. “Could You? Would You?” is ultimately forgettable and the only place on the album where the lyrics could be considered as poor. A couple of almost laughable rhyming couplets left me unable to take the song seriously.

I’m yet to decide if the title “Working For The Man By Day, Sticking It To The Man By Night” is absolute genius or absolute cheese. With a nice sentiment and brilliant lyrics, this song would be the highlight of many other young band’s albums, but doesn’t particularly stand out against earlier tracks. The final track “R.O.I” is a strange choice for a closer to an album. Neither fast nor slow, it doesn’t showcase the song writing strength of the band and doesn’t leave much of an impression. The song is incredibly vague, and left me unsure as to the reason behind this song about Ireland.


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clarityentendu
April 28th 2011


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First review.. Go easy. :D I didn't realize that the summary was to be that short.. :P

Neenahskater
April 28th 2011


353 Comments


Not bad for a first keep going!

letsgofishing
April 30th 2011


909 Comments


Yeah, fantastic review for a first, you got a POS from me. two pointers for your next one.

1. Stay away from track by track reviews, Your review will be a lot more intriguing, entertaining, and generally read hell of a lot better if you focus on the overall themes and sounds of the albums instead of just describing the tracks. Try to plant a concrete idea in your readers mind about the record.

2. You need a conclusion. Generally, aim for the same thing as every conclusion, just sum up the main points of the review, or try to add a final thought (or both). Be sure to read up on a bunch of staff reviews, they'll show you how it's done.

But, like I said, it's a great write, welcome to the site

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2011


7427 Comments


Yeah I second all of those points. Not a bad start though. I need to hear this.

asaf
April 30th 2011


889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid album. they'll always be overshadowed by face full of scars though. Their greatest tune imo.

FilupLees
April 30th 2011


344 Comments


"“Marilyn’s Mansion” is only one minute along and is a fun song about childhood. A bit too short, but spiky."

It should be "long" instead of "along." That was the only problem I noticed. Is it worth checking this out? from the descriptions I was afraid it would ruin my Bretton and Far Q memories.

asaf
April 30th 2011


889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its night and day but still solid alternative

OneMoreRoland
April 30th 2011


1053 Comments


Absolutely love this album. Band has done no wrong. Would like more punx/hardcore though.

RavenRock
April 30th 2011


688 Comments


This is surprisingly good for a first. (Speaking of which, I need to get working on my second review)

I actually got into this album recently. Don't do track-by-track reviews, like Fishing says, and generally stray away.

Other than that, POS.

GaryT
May 1st 2011


54 Comments


Album's a massive let-down after Far-Q, which was one of the best albums of 2010.

Oh, I just thought I'd point out, LTA have been around for a good bit more than 4 years, though they have went through numerous line-up changes.

Captain North
May 3rd 2011


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The shortage of real punk-rockers is a bit disappointing, but this is still pretty cool.

Confessed2005
May 3rd 2011


3314 Comments


Bretton was amazing, Far Q was decent...

not too sure but this band are tight.

dcha
May 10th 2011


990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

While it's not as have as Far Q, this album is a serious grower. Song writing is top notch.

fromtheinside
October 12th 2011


19166 Comments


such a good album

Digging: Techno Animal - The Brotherhood of the Bomb

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2012


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Released just a year following their debut, 'World Record' sees Lower Than Atlantis honing their sound in a more mainstream-leaning alt-rock direction. It works well too, with some great riffs & catchy sing-alongs that will go down a treat live. As always, the quartet's forthright lyrics are present, if a little less attention-seeking this time around, while there is sufficient variety & next to no filler. Occasionally, this front-loaded LP lacks a certain spark to take it to the next level, but otherwise this is the band's best release to date & a promising sign for the future. Recommended Tracks: Deadliest Catch, Another Sad Song, Beech Like the Tree & Uni 9mm.



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