Asking Alexandria
See What's On the Inside


4.0
excellent

Review

by mika USER (63 Reviews)
November 16th, 2021 | 16 replies


Release Date: 10/01/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think it's time that I take some time to be alone again

I know to most it’s pretty much a low bar, given the contentious nature of this band’s reception ever since their first album (not counting the truly terrible The Irony of Your Perfection as that was practically a whole different band) but this might actually be the best album Asking Alexandria has produced to date. And to be honest, I’m shocked to be saying that about a late-era album from this band, given that it had been at least eight years since they’ve broken the barrier of being simply “good” with 2013’s From Death to Destiny which featured some of singer Danny Worsnop’s best hooks up to that point (The Death of Me, Moving On, and Don’t Pray for Me being of notable quality) and it took ages for me to get around to mildly appreciating their last record.

See What’s on the Inside, on the other hand, is a very stark contrast from Like a House on Fire in almost every way. Production is a major step up: it’s not even close to as muddy and lifeless, the guitars have a hell of a lot more bite to them, and it’s closer in nature to a mid-era Avenged Sevenfold album in that respect than whatever they were trying to accomplish with Matt Good prior. I had to do a double take and wonder how the exact same producer that made the last two albums sound so muddy made this sound so much more clear and impactful. Good production isn’t the only way this album improves on the formula they’ve made though, as it likely wouldn’t have reached the top spot on that alone.

Other elements that Worsnop and co. improve upon with this album are in the overall musical and lyrical department. “Alone Again” is a fun, catchy romp with a nice melodic Avenged Sevenfold vibe to it, sounding like it would have almost fit perfectly on an album like Nightmare if they just gave M. Shadows the keys to the recording booth to record vocals. The title track “See What’s on the Inside” is another highlight, being essentially a part 2 to “Moving On” off From Death to Destiny in feel and lyrical content. This album especially strikes a chord with me lyrically, as it’s almost entirely centered around mental health struggles. Such as the excerpt below:

What will it take?
How many times do I have to break before you get it?
I don't wanna be what you remember
It's my sanity and happiness, it's not ***ing about you
I'm so tired of not knowing who I'm supposed to be
I just want to find my way again
from “Find Myself”

Despite all this praise, i’ll be honest and say this is not a perfect album. In particular, the song “Fame” is easily the weakest thing on here. It has a decent vibe musically, but the vocal melodies don’t quite do it for me and the lyrical content feels very self-absorbed and it just comes off like a typical “*** the fame” song that’s not even close to as deep as the writer wants to think it is. To be fair, when I listen to Asking Alexandria, I’m not listening for extremely thought-provoking lyricism, but when bands like this try to make a statement that’s impersonal, it often just... doesn’t sound right. Most of the album’s lyrics are based in struggle with mental health and then you’ve got this song that’s a complete departure from it and it’s just kind of a weird clash of styles.

Overall though, while it may not seem like much to most, this album’s been a really solid vibe for the month or so i’ve had to sit with it, and it’s easily one of my favorite albums of the year. Asking Alexandria have broken their eight-year slump with this journey through mental health that just so happens to have a weird detour in “Fame” that throws off the pace a little, and they’ve done it in a way that proves that the rest of the band are still there, it’s not just the Danny Worsnop show.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
veninblazer
November 16th 2021


12946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i got bored and felt like writing something to give this a thread

breathlessmox
November 16th 2021


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome

Sinternet
November 17th 2021


24531 Comments


one of the worst bands ever!

Feather
November 17th 2021


7576 Comments


The only album I’ve ever thought was decent was The Black, should have dropped the songer

veninblazer
November 17th 2021


12946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

huh, i personally found it to be their weakest release. and it's not even anything against Denis, the writing just fell flat for like half the album imho.

danny's highkey great, i dig the southern swagger to his timbre nowadays even if it kind of is a bootleg dustin kensrue feel at times

Feather
November 17th 2021


7576 Comments


It might simply be that I am just not a fan of AA so because you didnt like it makes sense I would

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2021


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

God I hate the vocalist on the black, Denis blows

Minushuman24
November 17th 2021


4876 Comments


yeah this probably blows ass

veninblazer
November 18th 2021


12946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Denis is fine as a vocalist, a bit too "early Danny worship" but he is alright. It's just the writing on there doesn't fit

Brabiz
November 18th 2021


1630 Comments


Yeah right

Digging: Melancholy Pessimism - Evil Planet

veninblazer
November 18th 2021


12946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i dunno, maybe it's just an extension of my bad opinions on seemingly everything lol

JoyfulPlatypus
November 19th 2021


340 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Solid review, even if I don't agree with the ranking. I've never been huge on Asking Alexandria, but I don't really know what to expect from them anymore.



POS'd.

sspedding
November 19th 2021


5463 Comments


I have significant doubts this is anything above a 1

sspedding
November 19th 2021


5463 Comments


Double post

Toondude10
November 20th 2021


14733 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lmfao no

Digging: Silent Planet - Iridescent

Kusangii
November 20th 2021


3347 Comments


GOAT band yeah



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