Overblown and crammed with silly ideas
You want big? These boys have got it. Every track of [a]Sound Of Guns[/a]’ U2-aping rock bluster lights the fuse, pours on a Big Concept (a hell of a lot of apocalypse), and sits back for the [i]kaboom[/i]. The trouble is, ‘Angels & Enemies’ (the title alone should be enough of a warning) is so overblown there are bits of it scattered all over the neighbourhood.
The Liverpudlians’ second album is crammed with silly ideas aplenty (we’re talking hackneyed strings, gospel backing vocals, charmless soloing, naff lyrical metaphors), especially in ‘Silicon’ and ‘The Whites Of Your Eyes’. By ignoring the golden rule that less is more, ‘Angels & Enemies’ blows up in its makers’ faces.