Sound — 10
Enter Shikari are an exciting new band from the U.K. They combine elements of trance and hardcore to form a totally different sound altogether. Take to the Skies takes many songs off their earlier EPs and remixes them into a magnificient 17-track nasterpiece. There are 5 filler songs which are instrumental tracks or are intros into other songs e.g. before Mothership and Jonny Sniper. Here is my track-by-track listing: 01. Enter Shikari - a song used to warm up the crowd at gigs. Makes a great start to the album. 02. Mothership - already been realised onto the music channels and radio. Featured on an earlier EP of the same name. Remixed for the album like many other songs. 03. Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour - remixed as well, Made to sound a lot better than with the use of Synthesisers and better studio attention. 04. Labyrinth - remixed, Bit less 'shouty' than earlier versions and seems to be quite a bit slower than EP versions. 05. No Sssweat - quite good studio effects and well produced. Good new song with some catchy lyrics. 06. Today Won't Go Down In History - a relativly quiet song for Enter Shikari with more meaningful lyrics and smoother vocals. 07. Return To Energiser - very good re-recording of Return To Energiser with a clearer sound than before. 08. Sorry, You're Not A Winner - the song that broke Enter Shikari into the mainstream, Very Catchy and well-recorded. 09. Jonny Sniper - one of the most catchy and, In my opinion, best songs on the album. Very catchy. 10. Adieu - a tribute to Jonny Sniper. Very well produced with heartfelt vocals. 11. Ok, Time For Plan B - another good song. The simplicity of the lyrics only make it better. Overall, a very good mix of songs and styles.
Lyrics — 10
There is a wide mix of lyrics. Some songs lyrics are made up of a few sentences and words repeated. However, the simplicity of these make the songs even more attractive to the listener. But, some songs show how just a few short lines can add up to a beautiful song. These lyrics tend to be meaningful and heartfelt and suit the music in the songs perfectly. Rou's (lead singer) voice has so many different volumes and emotions. He can scream with the best of 'em but he can sing excellently as well.
Overall Impression — 10
Take To The Skies is a very good album and shows the prospering talents of a band who are on the short-course to the top. More albums like this will gaurentee to keep Enter Shikari on peoples favourite bands list for years to come. All songs are very good and everyone will like them in some way. However, the ones that really stick out, to me, are Jonny Sniper, Sorry, You're Not A Winner and Mothership. An extremely good album already recommended to all my friends now, I'm recommending them to you. You will enjoy this album.