Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep


3.5
great

Review

by Crawl USER (4 Reviews)
January 21st, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dear future historians, Enter Shikari returned to form in 2015.

It’s great to say that I‘ve been a fan of Enter Shikari ever since their first album Take to the Skies which hit the market in 2007. What I’m not glad to say however, is that they’ve gone downhill with each release. 2009’s Common Dreads was still a very good record. It brought a huge change to the sound and even a bigger change to the lyrics, politics became the major subject. Unfortunately, A Flash Flood of Colour from three years ago, was a mess of an album, totally lacking cohesiveness and having several sloppy tracks among a few highlights. However, the three-track EP they released a year after that have shown a lot of promise.

The Mindsweep, the fourth Shikari record was released in the early 2015. If you’re asking whether the trend of albums getting worse continues, then the answer is no. The new offering by the British lads is their most technical and electronic so far, in fact it is not unlike the Rat Race EP (the aforementioned three-track EP). The album’s dominant themes are mostly political and social issues again, but this time it makes sense, unlike the "capitalist is wrong" nonsense from their previous full-length. Those who despised Rou’s pseudo-rapping, might not be satisfied, even though there’s less of it than on the predcessor. Personally, I don’t mind him rapping, one of the album highlights, a pre-released track "Never Let Go of the Microscope" is like that most of the time.

Possibly the most important and the best change between The Mindsweep and A Flash Flood is in consistence. There’s not a single song as awful as „Gandhi, Mate, Gandhi" was. Perhaps the weakest track here is the single Anaesthetist and the thing is, it’s not bad at all. Just not as interesting as most of the other songs on The Mindsweep. The flow of the record is flawless, each track has its place and flows into the next one nicely.

The two best tracks of The Mindsweep, however, are easily the one-two punch of "There’s a Price on Your Head" and "Dear Future Historians" in the album’s second half. While the former is the most mathy and definitely the heaviest song the band has ever written, the latter continues the ballad trend in vein of their older tracks "Adieu" or "Constellations". The personal lyrics accompanied by a soft piano explode into a large sing-a-long, a one which is not short of marvelous string arrangements. Then there are the opener and the closer, which serve as highly energetic (in case of the closer, to the point of madness) bookends.

It all might sound perfect, except there are two quite major flaws. The first and more important is the repetition. In some songs, the choruses are just repeated way more than they should. Take "Torn Apart", which would be among the best tracks of the album (well, it probably is anyway) if it wasn’t for the massive repetition of the chorus. The lead single "The Last Garrison" is another example of this, but on this track it hurts even more as the chorus is nothing spectacular. Generally, the verses are much more interesting than the choruses. The other flaw are the aforementioned lyrics. One might be getting tired of Rou’s politics, especially since it’s been going for several releases now.

But still, The Mindsweep is a great improvement. On one hand, it is (unfortunately) a further departure from the sound of their debut and the only thing that makes us reminisce about it is the quoting of "Sorry, You’re Not a Winner". On the other hand, it just shows how creative, innovative and ambitious the band is. And it’s their ambition that makes me believe that the best Enter Shikari album is still to come.


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Crawl
January 21st 2015


2762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My first review longer than two paragraphs so I decided to post it. Wrote it for school magazine, which doesn't have high standards when it comes to music reviews, so yeah. Constructive criticism would be cool.



Also if there are any mistakes in the sentence structure, just let me know, English is not my native language.

treeqt.
January 21st 2015


16970 Comments


Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep

3.5
great


there's a mistake in that sentence structure

Tunaboy45
January 21st 2015


17252 Comments


Review is well written, have a pos.

Tunaboy45
January 21st 2015


17252 Comments


Might want to fix those speech marks though

Crawl
January 21st 2015


2762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Tunaboy. I copied those from Word, so maybe that's why.



Not a sentence, tree.

Flugmorph
January 21st 2015


23621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'It’s great to say that I‘ve been a fan of Enter Shikari ever since their first album'

artuma style.



good review tho, pos

RivalSkoomaDealer
January 21st 2015


1634 Comments


"returned to form"

We're they ever good?

Pos'd tho.

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Teenage Gizzard

Crawl
January 21st 2015


2762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, people. Well yeah, they've been good most of the time.

Artuma
January 21st 2015


31953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"'It’s great to say that I‘ve been a fan of Enter Shikari ever since their first album'

artuma style. "



?

Flugmorph
January 21st 2015


23621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

copying a phrase that u would find cringy and post it without further explanation bro

Artuma
January 21st 2015


31953 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i'm getting a little tired of that tbh

BigPleb
January 21st 2015


61648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sup Arty

treeqt.
January 21st 2015


16970 Comments


A sentence is a linguistic unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked. A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion.

In formal language theory, a grammar (when the context is not given, often called a formal grammar for clarity) is a set of production rules for strings in a formal language.


Review Headers are linguistic units and Band Name; Album Name; Rating_Numerical; Rating_Alphabetical; ... is their grammar



=> Review Headers are sentences.


NorwichScene
January 21st 2015


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The Bank of England sucks. The rest are good

Crawl
January 23rd 2015


2762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bank of England is pretty sweet actually imo



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