All too often we get albums through which are 99% filler and 1% quality music. This isn’t one of those albums.
Although it seems like a lifetime since their last full length album Common Dreads, the boys from Enter Shikari are back in full form with their latest non-conformist, grassroots inspired album A Flash Flood of Colour and the first thing to note is that after 3 years in the making, I’m surprised it’s not called Common Dreads pt. II, it’s that similar.
If you’ve been keeping up with it at all, you should have a good idea of the overall sound of the album from Arguing with Thermometers and Sssnakepit (amongst others) already, but to sum up – they’ve beefed up the offbeat style, woven a lot more melody in and kept the womp in full force. Don’t expect anything along the lines of The Jester, but the whole album has its merits in one way or another.
There are two tasty remixes of Ssnakepit in there by Hamilton and Serial Killaz, both of which are on YouTube if you fancy a look. They’ve kept in their token soft track in there (think Gap in the Fence) with Stalemate, as well as plenty of the faster tempo stuff we’ve come to love from these guys. It’s strange that Quelle Surprise nearly didn’t make it onto the album – it’s one of the best on there.
All in all, a great album. Remember to turn up the bass. Turn up the mid-range. Heck, turn up the treble. Get more in your ears than you’ve ever wanted to before.
Stand out track – ‘Quelle Surprise’
Stand out track – ‘Pack of Thieves’