Much to my disappointment, Dir En Grey couldn't summon forth cotton candy. Looking at it on the bright side, however, I got something almost as delicious if not more so: another sweet addition to this act's diverse-sounding catalog. The Insulated World, the band's tenth studio release, is a rip roarer in both style and *especially* instrumental talents. While admittedly it's quite a few steps below the 'Dynamically Divine Diru Trilogy', this quintet still knows how to get dem creative juices flowing and help expand the customers' brains. Some compositions feel more underdeveloped than others (e.g. "Downfall") and the pacing isn't as watertight as this angel would've preferred, not to mention that the production values are quite horrid. Those criticisms aside, album #10 could stand a chance against the past three monoliths or at the very least GAUZE had said flaws been intercepted. But as is, I think I'm still gonna be jiving to The Insulated World for a while. Strong 3.5. Angel recommends: "Keibetsu to Hajimari," "Aka," "Followers," and "Keigaku no Yoku".
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