The Enemy, ‘Music For The People’ – Have They Blown It?

Since we made The Enemy’s new album ‘Music For The People’ available for streaming ahead of its release next week, we’ve had nothing but negative comments.

A lot of people have gone back to our first-listen blog post and expressed their disappointment. One commenter called the album “sub-Kasabian nonsense”, another praised the tracks ‘Elephant Song’, ‘Be Somebody’ and ‘Don’t Break The Red Tape’, but dismissed the rest out of hand.

To some extent these comments mirror Ben Patashnik’s review in the new issue of the mag. He gives it 5 out of 10, pointing out how many of the songs sound strikingly like other classic tracks (‘Nation Of Checkout Girls’ sounds like ‘Common People’, for example).

But are these views representative of Enemy fans as a whole? Have the band genuinely alienated and disappointed their supporters – or are the haters simply the ones shouting the loudest?

Critics are certainly divided. In The Observer, no less an authority than Jon Savage, author of revered tome ‘England’s Dreaming – The Sex Pistols And Punk Rock’, heaped praise on ‘Music For The People’, claiming that its creators sit “squarely in the tradition of the early Clash and the Specials: plain-speaking music that addresses Britain’s forgotten towns and forgotten teens”.

So… who is right? You’ve heard the album, now let the debate begin.

[Listen to The Enemy’s ‘Music For The People’]

And here’s the single, ‘No Time For Tears’.