I really enjoyed your review, I agree with most of it, would probably rate it a tad higher in the low to mid 70's range but overall it is an okay to solid album and much better than The Resistance in my opinion.
This could have easily been a 7, I just feel like myself and others around here tend to rate a lot of stuff in the 70s and 80s, to the point where I'm no longer really sure what a 7/10 means. Over the next year, I'm trying to be more discerning with my ratings, and that means exploring the spectrum a bit more than I have previously. Thanks for reading though!
Great review, really well-written, even if I don't necessarily agree with all of it.
I'd argue that Survival is the only dud song on here and everything else is either solid or superb. The Chris led tracks are pretty decent, but it seems a little weird that 6 albums into their career they decide to let someone else have a go at singing. Survival aside, which is almost a Muse parody, I enjoy every song.
Thanks man, I appreciate it.
Agree with "Survival" feeling like a parodic interpretation of Muse, but I'd add the two title tracks and "Liquid State" into the group of songs I don't care for. The rest, for me, is generally solid, with a few flashes of brilliance along the way. I very enjoyable record, to be sure, and an interesting one, but something I feel more likely to toss into my honorable mentions pile then on my favorite albums of the year list.