Review Summary: A cool album with some great guitar work
Last time we looked at InMe's discography, they were in somewhat of a precarious position with the release of the atrocious White Butterfly album. This was boring and nothing more than a carbon copy of the album they had put out previously entitled Overgrown Eden, with very little added to it aside from a couple of slightly more creative riffs but that was not enough to save it. Their third album was entitled Daydream Anonymous and attempted to right many of the wrongs of the past album and patch up the flaws that had even been present on Overgrown Eden. And it surprisingly accomplished all of this.
The guitar work has been taken up a couple of notches on Daydream Anonymous. Instead of the monotonous chugging that was present on the band's first two outings, the band threw themselves headfirst into a pool of highly technical guitar riffs and solos involving a variety of techniques from fast finger tapping to sweep picking. Whilst this may just sound like an attempt to show off their new-found talent, the band actually integrates this very well into their sound. Myths And Photographs kicks the album off in spectacular fashion and gives an idea of exactly how it sounds-intricate riffs make up this song, and a completely new style of vocals from Dave Mcpherson. Instead of the ridiculous emo-style he took on their prior albums by ripping off the vocals from bands such as My Chemical Romance, he now uses an overly British accent that really suits this album.
This is also quite varied with songs such as Thanks For Leaving Me and Turbulence both using acoustic guitars to great effect. The former is arguably the best song here, with some very optimistic lyrics in which a man essentially thanks a girl for dumping him as he is now happier with a different girl, healing himself. This song really is heart-warming, with a masterful vocal performance from Dave and some great acoustic guitar work that creates a really nice mood for the son. These songs play off well against the heavier and more aggressive numbers such as Cracking The Whip, with its incredible guitar work that opens it up, and the closing song which is probably the best of the heavy numbers. It is called A Toast To Broken Glass and has some cool verses but the bridge/breakdown leads perfectly into a brief screaming section and the song flows so well as a closure that it is hard to not enjoy.
The lyrics to this album are definitely something worth looking at. Compared to their prior works that were flooded with at least twenty thousand references to suicide and self-harm, Dave has massively grown as a lyricist with some very deep and interesting lines. Some of them really do come off as very thought provoking but there are the occasional weaker moments such as on Cracking The Whip where Dave declares that "every snowflake pleads not guilty in an avalanche." God alone knows what this means, but it sure as Hell sounds incredible especially when Dave is singing it. Another great thing about this album would be the song structures which make great use of bridges to lead into screaming sections on a couple of songs, and perfectly flow into incredible guitar solos.
This is a very strong release that the band would actually topple on their following record.