Sound — 10
Enter Shikari's sound is simply amazing. Combining trance/techno and hardcore to make the sub-genre or 'trancecore' is genius. I've been listening to these guys since they made thier original video for 'Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour...' and the thing that got me hooked on these guys is thier unique sound. This album, although recorded in an un-professional studio, still sounds polished and clear as day. The frequent drum and bass interludes bring the album together and make the listener feel energetic. On this album they have re-vamped a lot of thier original songs and made them sound more awesome, with more use of synthesisers and programming (e.g. Mothership and Return To Energiser).
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this album are totally awesome. Some of the most impressive lyrics I have heard from the U.K music scene in a long time. Lyrics like 'A whisper from the wind, and I can't help but listen. A crashing of white waves, and I can't help but wonder.' Johnny Sniper really stand out to me. Rou is a great lyricist with an amazing voice. The lyrics fit the music perfectly and intertwine amazingly well. The bands vocals overall are outstanding with some amazing vocal harmony (e.g. Return to Energiser and Sorry, You're Not A Winner).
Overall Impression — 10
This album is on par with thier EPs, if not better than thier original recordings. Although the album does not have one of my favourite Enter Shikari tracks (The Feast) it is still the best album to be released this year, in my opinion. The most impressive songs on this album are 'Adieu', 'Johnny Sniper' and 'Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour'. I love the use of synthesisers and programming techniques (as I mentioned earlier). They really add depth to the music and make it different from a lot of the up and comming bands at the moment. Also, I got the limited addition copy of the album with a bonus DVD so it was really worth the extra 3 I payed with backtsage footage and live footage from thier show at the London Astoria. If this album was lost/stolen I would have to buy it again, definitely.