Therapy?
One Cure Fits All


3.0
good

Review

by superpeer USER (22 Reviews)
May 5th, 2006 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


It's been 2 years since their last album 'Never Apologise, Never Explain'. Highly anticipated by their loyal fan base, this is very different from NANE. No Therapy? album sounds alike and we had to wait and see which way Therapy? would go after NANE, which was downtuned and very raw.
Turns out they went the opposite direction. In the words of guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Andy Cairns: "We wanted to sound big". He claimed that this is what they wanted to try now, after the chaos that was NANE.

Well, how does it sound? The album starts with Outro and this doesn't make much sense until you've heard the closing song, Walk Through Darkness. The first actual song is Sprung, which was put on Myspace as a sampler for the new album. It starts with a pretty energetic riff, it's not bad, but the new guitar sound is the worst they've ever had. Which gets us to the main flaw of this album, the production. Hiring Pedro Ferreira was a big mistake, the man who has also worked with bands like the Darkness. It sounds very modern, like a regular rock band. A sound that is way too polished for a band like Therapy?.

The vocals sound awkward, there's too much reverb put on them, which only adds to the modern sound. Many people have also complained about the sound of the drums, and indeed, they are too thin and too quiet in the mix, which makes this whole album sound poppy. Now for those of you familiar with 2003 release High Anxiety, that was poppy as well, but it was fun, because it had poppy melodies. This one, however, is trying to go back to the old days, but with a sound that doesn't fit it.

Fortunately, the songs aren't bad, Sprung certainly isn't a bad song, and most of the songs on this album do grow on you. Deluded Son is one of the strongest on it, with an excellent riff using harmonics. Into the light is a track that is slightly hypnotising and it is a pretty good song. Lose it All isn't really a bad track, but there's no guitar in the verse and the reverbing vocals really get annoying after a while, the chorus is just the repeating of the title, which is something that happens quite a bit on this album. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes they overdo it by repeating it ad nauseum. Like Our White Noise, alluding to the novel 'White Noise' ends with and endless series of "Our white noise", which is just unnecessary. This wouldn't be a big deal either, if less tracks had this kind of, let's say, uninspired chorus.
An exception is Dopamine, Seratonin, adrenaline. Though sounding modern, there's a lot of emotion in the song, unlike most of the songs, which sound a bit stale, a bit cold. It also has a memorable chorus, because Cairns isn't just 'saying' the title like on a lot of the other songs. It even has a spoken word sample, something Therapy? used to use frequently on the old albums. The other songs aren't bad, they all have interesting parts, mostly interesting riffs and Rain Hits Concrete is a catchy pop song. Compared to older Therapy? songs they don't have much to offer, though.

Cairns' lyrics have been going downhill for a while now, basically since the 90s have gone. Although there are some literary references, including 'Slaughterhouse 5' and 'White Noise', the wittiness of the old days has gone and they are mostly forgettable.

I've been very negative, so I want to end with something positive before I state my conclusion. The last song on this album is fantastic, even though Pedro Ferreira felt the need of putting the drums too low in the mix. (Get a new job, Pedro). Catchy riffs and a very strong melody, this is almost on the Troublegum level with a good sounding mini solo and everything. Cleverly put as the last song, of course.

So what to think of this album? It's certainly not as bad as I make it out to be, but my points were valid. This album is the worst album Therapy? has released so far, even though it's pretty good. But when I go out to buy a Therapy? album, I don't want a pretty good album, I want brilliance in the form of a shiny metal disc. Hopefully these songs will sound better live and hopefully they'll find a better producer next time. I'm glad they're still making songs, because, all the negativity aside, it has some good songs, which made the album worth buying.

Track picks:

Walk through Darkness
Dopamine, Seratonin, Adrenaline
Deluded Son




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Med57
Moderator
May 5th 2006


1001 Comments


Yay for Superpeer reviews!

If you don't like this then I probably won't get it, as you're the undisputed expert in all things Therapy? No doubt you'll find out reasonably soon if the songs do sound better live though...I'll stick with the Therapy? stuff I already have. Cool review.

metallicaman8
May 5th 2006


4677 Comments


Excellent review. Hats off to Superpeer

Zebra
Moderator
May 5th 2006


2647 Comments


I've heard a few songs from this and agree that the vocals sound very awkward, I also find the music very hard to listen to.
Good work on the review.

superpeer
May 6th 2006


257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, but be sure to check out older Therapy? stuff, which is brilliant.

munky_magik
May 6th 2006


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm still undecided on this. I think more listening is in order.

Bartender
Emeritus
May 7th 2006


826 Comments


Nice review, though since my Therapy collection currently consists of a pathetic (if enthusiastic) two albums, I'll probably be leaving this for late in the day, too.

Shame it's not brilliant, though.This Message Edited On 05.07.06

dunder
January 17th 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude, you're right when you say this album isn't as bad as you make it out to be. Yes, it has its weaknesses, namely the production and the lyrics but still it's a strong album. Maybe the production has to do with the fact that it was recorded and mixed in a very short time span?
It's pretty obvious that therapy? wanted to move away from the roughness of their previous album (which is amazing by the way), maybe a bit too much though. I do appreciate the fact that this album, just like all therapy? albums, has its own unique sound and direction.
My fav track has to be private nobody, pure class. Other pics are sprung (classic therapy? album opener) and dopamine... , this song's got such an epic feeling.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2012


1913 Comments


Though not Therapy's worst album, it's certainly their weakest. The guitars don't really do anything bar exist, the vocals are half-arsed. There is one thing however, that stopped me from giving this album a 2.5: The overbearing melody that is in every single song except for outro'. Although it is a distinct nod towards mainstream pop, it also helps to make each and every song stand out, even if at time it gets a bit repetitive.

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