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Riley! Keep Your Cool
A massive step up on nearly every level. Really chunky, sharp production. The vocals are stronger, both in power and in performance. The hooks are much tighter and the tracks don't feel like they end as they begin. There are no out of character duds like "Everything Always Sux" from the last album. It is so much more consistent.

"Bad Boys Boxing Club" is short but packs quite the addictive punch. I can already tell it is going to end up in my most listened to tracks of the year. A fantastic vocal performance too! "Peek Ego Mid" is another massive highlight with a foot tapping riff and one of (if not the) catchiest hooks on the
Riley! Already Fucked
It has a great sense of energy. Nihilistic and snotty. Sarcastic but to themselves and not towards others. The vocals are on a scale shifting between rougher screams and a highly melodic rock belt. It works pretty well to my ears when both are balanced. It doesn't always do that though.

Production does feel a bit flat, but more in retrospect after their newest album. Track list is alright, never any outright duds (well except "Everything Always Sux" which is bad), but they aren't all equal. I found the second half stronger than the first.

I think their style best comes out on "Fun Ways to..." , "Alexa, Tell Me.
Lunatic Calm Metropol
The Hives The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons
Never been huge into The Hives (more so never had a chance to really listen to them closely) but I like this a lot. Not much else to it, just really solid stuff with the particular highlights being the more ambitious cuts like "What Did I Ever Do To You" (in all of it's "Do I Wanna Know" glory). The Bomb is frantic as hell and a mind teistingly fun ride.
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Battle Tapes Texture
Taking direction from the slower funkier middle half of their "Form - EP" Battle Tapes returns with a vengeance. Saving the glitchy distorted buzz as an accenting peak in tracks like the addictive "If Only" and opener "Brand New" whose bridge is Battle Tapes at their best, both tracks are in all honesty. The inclusion of the nearly 5 year old single "Weight of the World" serves as a fairly lonely questionable choice without much fanfare on an album full of otherwise new tastes of glitchy electronic bombast. A step up from Polygon in nearly every aspect.r
I See Stars Anomaly / Drift
Finally, after nearly 7 years since their last full length and this is what they have to show. They are good but not quite at the same level of tight focus that Treehouse displayed. Production sounds like an obvious evolution with its focuses more on airy spacious melodies using the breakdowns as more accents then as a crutch, however the it all sounds a bit muddy and lacks punch when it needs. I enjoy this side to them more generally, but this doesn't quite hit and high that Treehouse delivered. As long as the rest of the album continues (bare minimum) at this level then I will be pleased but not blown away. I can't help but think that Don B

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  • thelamestallion Thank you! I re-listened their discography recently and I'm pretty sure BB is their best work. It just overweighs Hot Fuss in terms of energy and songwriting, not mentioning the others. Although HF has greater songs like JWaFoM, SLYMI and Mr. Brightside, the album as a whole just loses the momentum halfway in, the rest of the songs just doesn't live up to the first half. Sadly it's never appreciated, because people tend to judge an album by its hit tracks. And throw away the rest.
    November 21 11:27 PM

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