Review Summary: Portugal. The Man is a very solid band, but was this album a bad first impression?
I remember how I found out about Portugal. The Man. Last year, in spring, me and my dad were driving around in his Jeep. When suddenly I heard what I would come to know as "People Say". I asked who it was, and my dad told me that it was a band called Portugal. The Man, a band that he had seen at the Norman music festival. From there on out, I had made up my mind to check out the band.
What I found was not disappointing to the least. In fact, I loved what I found. But, I will say, I DO prefer the older Portugal. The Man than the newer Portugal. The Man. I can hear the pitchforks from a mile away......
But the question is: Is The Satanic Satanist defined BY MY STANDARDS as newer Portugal. The Man?
Yeah. This album definitely is.
That being said, this album is still a good one. In fact, it's probably my second favorite PTM album (behind Waiter: You Voulters!).
Probably the best thing about The Satanic Satinist is the track listing. There actually isn't a bad song on the album to me. As I said before, "People Say" was the whole reason why I checked out PTM in the first place. I really like how the whole album never really seems to stop and it sounds like the album flows into one continuous song. The album does definitely flows very nicely.
Another thing I enjoyed about the album is how catchy it is. Some of the melodies in the album are really memorable, and will leave you whistling them without even noticing it. The guitars are especially nice. The drums are at first not very noticeable, but the fills are very creative.
Then, to add to the album, you've got some really nice diversity. The album can go from a soft and mellow "The Sun" to the pounding chorus of "Do You". The band obviously has a lot of different influences.
The only and I mean the ONLY bad side to this album is that it includes an interlude called "Let You Down". This might be nitpicking, but I don't really like interludes in albums. To me, they just slow down the overall flow of an album, and this is a album that flows nicely anyways.
- Catchy melodies.
- Some very good diversity.
- Flows Nicely
- Features a "song" that's an interlude, but that's nitpicking.
This definitely isn't a bad album. In fact, it's really good. So, if you're looking for something that is easy to listen to, is very catchy, and is very solid overall, than pick this album up. You won't be disappointed.
As always, I do a recommendation at the end of the review, stating if you should check out any of the bands other stuff. The answer is yes. The band has some stuff that is very similar, so be sure and check the recommendations for that.