Lostprophets
Start Something


3.5
great

Review

by innerdark USER (34 Reviews)
August 20th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Wales has done the music scene a huge favour in recent years, just now, Bullet for my Valentine have went into the big time on their first album and Funeral for a Friend are making album number three, but there's one band that really opened the floodgates and made two solid albums, Lostprophets are the first of this wave of bands to come out of that little country. The first album, The Fake Sound Of Progress put them into the public eye with stomping songs like shinobivsdragonninja and the title track, but now, there was some pressure, they were expected to do something big, they were expected to go above and beyond what they'd done before; they did, and the results are" Well, let's see, shall we"

Keeping up the trend of a storming opener as set by shinobivsdragonninja on their debut, Ian Watkins and company don't waste time in turning everything to 11 and blowing you away, but while that aspect's remained, it seems that there's something different in their sound, a lot of the times in The Fake Sound Of Progress, the guitars were tuned in drop C to give them a more metal like sound, a sound which has been tweaked and twisted and moulded yet has kept that indisputable Lostprophets charm, which can only be described as a combination of metal instrumentation, with some melodic hardcore intricacy and pop-punk like catchiness in the sung vocals filling the gaps the instrumentation leaves. but on the other hand, they know how to make a catchy, uncomplicated song; something which they do a few times on this album

If The Fake Sound Of Progress was and is a hurricane, then this album is a Guy who fluctuates between kicking your head in, and paying for your plastic surgery, only to mess you up again, because it does have some more laid back songs on it, songs like Goodbye, Tonight take advantage of some mellow passages, while allowing itself to run a bit faster and a bit louder in the pre-chorus and chorus. but the other side of this coin is the harder, faster, louder songs on the album, a prime example of which is Start Somethingwith it's slightly understated intro, which gradually gets quieter and leads into chaos. the verses consist of the first phrase in each line being screamed behind ian's vocals, with the second phrase in each line lacking the screaming backing vocals, the chorus alsio has one of the best lines throughout the CD (Stop Dreaming, Start Something. When it's in your hand just start anew ).

However, everything has a negative point, and there is one huge recurring one throughout the album. on a 13 song album, 8 songs -nine if you count Last Train Home- have instrumental endings. Now, that would be brilliant; if they were any good, but the tragic thing is that the album has about ten minutes of filler by counting the instrumentals and the (rather awful) song in sway, which is pure filler. now, if it's looked at, 10 minutes is another 2 songs, probably more, but it wasn't taken advantage of, which is irritating to say the least, subtract these ten minute, and you're left with an album less than 50 minutes long, which leaves me feeling slightly cheated, they were smart enough not to make full filler track, but rather "mini-tracks" not shown on the track-list; whose only justification is to flesh out the album.

so, would i buy this again" well, considering I got it for £4.99, I can't complain too much, but considering the price it's being sold for now in my area, I'd be a bit more apprehensive, simply because it has that huge chunk of filler, and in all honesty, it's not really got much out of genre appeal, it has the harder edge of The Fake Sound Of Progress, but it doesn't execute is well as The Fake Sound Of Progress. But it also has the slightly poppier side that's embraced in new album, Liberation Transmission, but thankfully, it's not as bad as that. it keeps it's edge, which is maybe why it was appreciated so much, but when someone out of the genre looks in, it's nothing special

In Genre: 4/5
Out of Genre: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5


*Star Track*

in a style reminiscent of The Fake Sound Of Progress's opening track, shinobivsdragonninja, We are Godzilla...You Are Japan turns the distortion up to 11, tunes the guitars to drop d, and makes it clear from the off with its intro combination of one fingered powerchords and A string bends leading into a chaotic and screamed verse that it's here to tear your face off. the screaming is a great part of this song, blending with the sung vocals and heavy powerchord orientated riff to give the song a little bit more oomph. as well as this, there's the solo, which is, in all honesty, just the intro riff tweaked a little bit. but while the intro had a rather understated bend following the powerchords, the solo in stead has full on screeches against a background or sirens and glass smashing, the song then goes into the final chorus, which again uses powerchords as a staple. Ian Watkins then closes the song with a grunt, and we go into one of the few good instrumentals on this CD, which acts as the calm after the storm, using a simple trumpet part repeated against a an electronic drumbeat, the instrumentals then finishes with a simple repeated piano part against the same drumbeat



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Comments:Add a Comment 
innerdark
August 20th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have all of them, and while i've not listened to FSOP in detail (more than 10 times) it is a bit better than this, don't buy Liberation transmission, it is so bad, it makes me a saaaad panda





Big Tone
August 20th 2006


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Over all nice review! I happen to think this Cd is .....ok I guess

raggedragamuffin
August 20th 2006


690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"we are godzilla you are japan" is my favorite track off of this album, even though his screaming is kindof getting annoying. i just love that riff

Royd Rage
August 20th 2006


419 Comments


there we're only two songs on this album i didn't like. they really did a good job. what is it lately with bands i don't like making albums i like?

Storm In A Teacup
August 20th 2006


26378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I desperately need this. "Wake up (Make a Move)" is one of the greatest alternative rock songs ever.

IBegToDiffer
August 20th 2006


21 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great singles album I think, Burn Burn being my favourite. It's an album I just like listening to, although it doesn't AMAZE me.

innerdark
August 21st 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hehe, we are godzillz will tear your face off in a good way

NortherlyNanook
August 21st 2006


1285 Comments


I still don\'t know whether I prefer this to TFSOP or not. I kinda liked Sway as a closer, though it could\'ve been cut down a bit... I agree with you on the pointless filler, though, especially at the end of \"A Million Miles.\" What terrible way to end such a great song.

I wish my CD came with "We Are Godzilla...You Are Japan."This Message Edited On 08.21.06

lost_profits
August 21st 2006


59 Comments


This is actually enjoyable and I listen to it to keep balance in my life. I've gotta break away from the sometimes over intropsective music I listen to...It's just straight up fun.

Fav track would be Wake up (make a move) and Last Summer.
Oh and Sway is one of the best songs to fall asleep to.

Damrod
Moderator
August 21st 2006


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice job on the review. Nice view on it apart from mine or the other displayed. :thumb:

Acey
August 21st 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is the only CD i have from these guys, and i like it

innerdark
August 22nd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you need to get the fake sound of progress, trust me



but stay the hell away from liberation transmission

NortherlyNanook
August 22nd 2006


1285 Comments


I don't even think I need to hear anything from Liberation Transmission to know what it would sound like. If they progressed from this album as much as they did from TFSOP, then I'm gonna heavily avoid it.

innerdark
August 23rd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LT is a 2 if it's lucky, it's disposable scene crap

deathscreamingsheep
August 24th 2006


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Although, it could do with a quick redraft (just for spelling bits, but only if you're really fussy). Also, I would have probably preferred less of the comparison to Fake Sound of Progress and more actually on Start Something itself. Still you definately succeed in gettting across what this album is about.

Neoteric
September 2nd 2006


3243 Comments


The filler isn't THAT annoying. However, good, short review. It was fun to read



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