Lostprophets
Start Something


3.5
great

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
February 9th, 2005 | 319 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Lostprophets
Start Something


Some general impressions
So this is it, the second major release of the welsh band from Ponibrid (they have the funniest names down there... :)) This is a record that splits the masses, so to say. Fans of their first full length LP 'The Fake Sound of Progress' will tell you that it lacks the innovation and energy of the first album. Fans of this piece will tell you the melodies, vocals and the songwriting in general has improved. And both are right, in a way at least.

'The Fake Sound of Progress' was a quite heavy album compared to 'Start Something'. Rough, and not so easy to access for someone who is not that much into screaming, heavy guitars etc. 'Start Something' is much more cheerfull and, yeah, you can say more pop. The general topic of the lyrics is what the album title says: Start something, don't let yourself go, do something with the life and time your given. Around that message you'll find about an hour of music, expressing it in different ways.

The direction is clearly set: Forward. The pace is good, a little step on the gas here ('To hell we ride', 'Burn Burn'), medium where it suits ('Last Train Home', 'Last Summer') or mellow ('Sway', Goodbye tonight'). The orientation is more towards rock, and not as it was earlier towards metal/nu-metal. That is clear from the first song forward. There is not much that reminds of 'TFSoP', only maybe 'Start Something' or 'We are Godzilla, you're Japan' show some slight signs of the earlier heavieness. But not anywhere near that. That again, that does not have to be a bad thing, he" ;)


What I really like about the album:
IMO, this record is a progress for the band. Many see it different, 'cause they like the heavier stuff more. Or have something against it that the band appears on MTV sometimes. Whatever. The guitar work is nice, though you have to listen quite hard sometimes to really realise it. Overall, the music got more melodic, and the guy doing the samples and keys is much better integrated into the whole picture. No more samples thrown somewhere into a song. He adds string arrangements or piano parts as background to the songs, and it suits it more then well. The vocals got better as well, much better singing voice. The last songs 'Sway' might remind one of Mike Patton in a way. Overall, I like it.

What was not so good:
Still, there are some downsides. The progressive element the older pieces had is almost completely lost. This music and record is done well, but not that unique. When I heard songs of 'TFSoP', I could instantly tell it's the prophets, as the guitar sound and overall construction of the songs was quite a piece on it's own. Currently, there is just a lot music of the likes of 'Start something' out there. Plus, the singles line up as almost one line. Last Train Home, Make a move, Burn Burn, and some tracks later Last Summer. Those are among the 'better' songs on the album, and are almost completely blown out on the first half of the album. And the middle indeed can seem a bit long sometimes, a little track shift here or there would have made the record a bit better IMO.


Summary:
To sum it up, this a good piece of music, and fun to listen to. Even with some small flaws, the record is a good progression for the band and it's sound. If you don't have a problem with the fact that a band has some kind of pop appeal to their songs, this might be a worthy CD to pick up. The music is not too mellow, not too hard. Soundtrack for a fun time. Play and enjoy!

My song suggestions:
"Start Something" - Great track, and one of the harder songs. Has an epic touch with the string arrangements in the back. Good stuff
"Sway" - Experimental is not 100% the right word for it. But the touch is there. The vocals are very different to the rest of the album, and the instrumental outro is great.
"Last Summer" - Mellow Rock song. The soundtrack for an ending summer. :)
"Last Train Home" - Catchy, one of the singles. The guitar work on this track is nice. I think it's the most popular song of this album

Rating: a solid 3 - 3.5/5 :)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LgndryOutlaw
February 9th 2005


16 Comments


Heh. Nice review for an awesome album, IMO. Personally, I like We Still Kill The Old Way, Last Train Home, Burn Burn, I Don't Know, Start Something, and A Million Miles. Keep up the good work, to you and LP.

mikethecoug
March 30th 2005


18 Comments


I was going to give a review for this.. i would of given it a 4.5/5.. this is a good album and it shows the real meaning to nu-metal.

feeder_4ever
June 14th 2005


17 Comments


i reviewed this elsewhere and gave it 2.5/5 so i agree that it isn't so good, I saw em live though!!!!!!
Shinobi vs Dragon ninga ruled!!!

Iai
Emeritus
June 14th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3.5 is exactly right.

Hellraiser
June 23rd 2005


23 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

With this album Lostprophets tried to be more accessible to the mainstream, being quite successful I suppose, but by doing so they let go of their roots.



On their previous album there was much more originality, perhaps a progressive feel too, but Start Something is merely straightforward pop-rock, which is fun to listen to at times, but is way too generic to be considered good material.

Damrod
Moderator
June 23rd 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[Quote=Hellraiser]On their previous album there was much more originality, perhaps a progressive feel too[/Quote]



Not if one knows the material by Faith No More. TFSOP is a good album, but not so original, as you can hear the influence of FNM very clearly IMO

incubus62086
June 23rd 2005


147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so maybe it is more mainstream but it owns everything else that is mainstream. Stunning album.

Yppolitia
June 23rd 2005


44 Comments


IMO opinion it deserves ,ore than 3.5, not a single song on that album that I dont like.

AmericnZero02
August 19th 2005


3724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like Start Something more that TFSoP. I think that while it was a little watered down compared to their debut, it was overall a better album. a experimental, but overall the main change is that the songs are a lot catchier. im glad they stopped doing those interludes between each track on TFSoP. those were hella annoying. actually come to think of it the one right beforee "Last Summer" was pretty cool. My favorites are "Last Train Home," "Goodbye Tonight," and "A Million Miles."

ergodyneuser
October 12th 2005


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i would give 4.0-great music

SELHIM
October 12th 2005


62 Comments


Good Review, bad album!

Neoteric
October 12th 2005


3243 Comments


oh shush!

musicman1012
January 25th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i have no idea were you people find taste im music, bad review, great album. the arrangments of keys and ebb and flow of the album is great. vocals are supurb and the guitar is great clean thanks to their fender tele's and the overdrive is envyable thanks to the mesa's behind the tele's. the bass sounds amazing on all tracks but Sway is by far the best song on the album. always climbing and never reaching a peak i think its totally awsome.

labonza01
February 5th 2006


546 Comments


how weird, my copy of this doesnt have we are godzilla... i bought it from a store too, so i wonder why its not on there. anyway, i have mixed feelings about this album, at first i loved it, then i hated it, and now i find it to be sort of a guilty pleasure, start something is the best song on this album, but i wish they didnt go so poppy on most of the other songs.

itastelikeink
February 6th 2006


27 Comments


i didnt like the mix of sounds in this album, is it rock? is it slow rock? i just dont know.

CushMG15
February 20th 2006


1810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fairly solid album, but it does wear thin after a couple repeated listenings. Still gets a regular spin from me, however.



Good Review.

Mewt
May 3rd 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Every song on the album kickass.

EarthsSaviour
July 7th 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

start something is a timeless classic, it never gets old as every song on this album is way above average.

AmericnZero02
August 4th 2006


3724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure hasnt gotten old for me. great album, no doubt about it. Last Train Home is one of my all time favorite songs.

AND I DREAMT OF YOU
August 28th 2006


54 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this album

i love lostprophets

i dont have a fav track on this album all good for me



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