Enter Shikari
A Flash Flood of Colour


2.5
average

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2012 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 3 good songs, everything else is filler.

A band's third album is usually known for being either being excellent or horribly poor. A band's third album can encapsulate the sound of a band at the pinnacle of their career (think OK Computer) or it can be a release the fans (and perhaps the band themselves) wish to forget. Enter Shikari's third album, A Flash Flood Of Colour sits between these two extremes, almost painfully at times.

Enter Shikari's first album Take To The Skies showed potential upon its release, but was plagued by elementary song writing and bland songs. A Flash Flood Of Colour is a huge step up from both Skies and the band's second album, Common Dreads. Here, we see the band take a far stronger focus on song writing and less on cramming as many electronics as possible into a song, a major flaw in the first album. Take To The Skies was an inconsistent mess of an album, save for a few tracks, rendering it almost unlistenable at times.

This stronger focus on song writing is apparent in album highlights such as "Stalemate," "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here" and "Arguing With Thermometers". In these tracks, the electronics are used well, adding lots of different melodies to each song, rather than render it a mess like most of the Skies album. "Stalemate" in particular is an example of the electronics being used sparsely, proving that, in some cases, less certainly is more. "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here" is one of the best tracks Shikari have ever written. It flows along mid tempo, with plenty of electronics that are used well up until the break halfway through where the best riff on the album kicks in and the song explodes.

However, album opener "System..." attempts to sound like a sprawling epic, setting the scene for what's to come, and it falls flat on its face. It probably sounded better in on paper than it did in the studio. "Sssnakepit" is easily the worst song on the album, and is reminiscent of Take To The Skies. Here, all the wubwubs are overused, resulting in a mess of a song. It jumps around with next to no focus on actually writing a good song, instead trying to overcompensate by adding so many layers and wubs it sounds like a Take To The Skies B-side.

One of the (few) redeeming factors about Enter Shikari's old work was that it was fun to listen to, the energy within the music was infectious. This isn't as true for A Flash Flood Of Colour, sadly. Whilst the band have focussed on writing better songs, the energy and angst behind them has been lost. On the album, you won't find any "Sorry, You're Not A Winner" sing-alongs nor will you find any corny "Johnny Sniper"s. Instead, we have a few good tracks here and there but everything else lacks energy, resulting in a horrifically average affair.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TwoMonthsInTheCold
July 23rd 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've had 3 hours sleep the past 4 nights, probably not the best review ever as a result...

thumbcrusher
July 23rd 2012


3592 Comments


decent review man, pos

i haven't heard anything from this though i got TTTS when it came out but didn't find it very good for the most part and the songs i heard from the 2nd were pretty poor so i've pretty much lost any interest in them...

but they seem to be getting hella popular atm so whatever they're doing appears to work for a lot of people

AtavanHalen
July 23rd 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah nah

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
July 23rd 2012


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah

deepintheorchard
July 23rd 2012


644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Warm Smiles is one of the best songs of the year.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50358 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

get worse with every album

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nononsense
July 23rd 2012


3381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meltdown is the best song on here.

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mindleviticus
July 23rd 2012


8229 Comments


albums fine

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LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

eh

nononsense
July 23rd 2012


3381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They kill it live though.

Spec
July 23rd 2012


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know terrible rec. Dillinger just ripped off Enter Shikari, everyone knows that.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Dillinger just ripped off Enter Shikari, everyone knows that."

There is something I should be understanding here but I can't figure it out since I don't listen to either bands...

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50358 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Why aren't you cunts listening to devin townsend

Spec
July 23rd 2012


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wasn't serious Chipmunk.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"I wasn't serious Chipmunk."

If I knew both bands, I'd probably would have figured that out. :/

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
July 23rd 2012


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ahaha

Storm In A Teacup
July 23rd 2012


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is awesome

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 23rd 2012


3652 Comments


Ass band

truekebabpower
July 24th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the summary's great though

HypedMerchant
July 24th 2012


333 Comments


nah



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