U.K. rockers Enter Shikari are back with their third album. A Flash Flood of Colour offers the same kind of madness that you'd expect from the band along with a couple of surprises thrown in.
The first track "System..." begins with the same eerie effect heard in the opening track to Common Dreads. The song leads into "...Meltdown" which opens with frenzied synths and has Rou proclaiming that "countries are just lines drawn in the sand with a stick". "Stalemate" starts off with an acoustic guitar with before drums follow through on the chorus. The highlight of the track is the beautiful piano outro. The uber-groovy "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here" shines with funky guitarwork and a short yet superb drum/handclap combo that's reminiscent to "Sorry You're Not A Winner". The poppy "Pack of Thieves" opens with an icy synth section before the band busts through in an upbeat fashion. The song continues this route until the dub breakdown which will leave you wanting to mosh with zero gravity (we'll call it spacemoshing).
The final track "Constellations" is one of the best songs that Enter Shikari has written. The band is known for great closers ("OK Time For Plan B/Closing","Fanfare For The Conscious Man") but this one outshines both of them. It starts with a watery synth before Rou cleverly uses train stations as a metaphor for life's ups and downs. The track then builds to the kind of closer that would make Coldplay smile. This is the kind of song that could somehow work its way on Glee although that would be odd for a band like Enter Shikari.
Overall, this 11 track album will definitely keep the masses happy while attracting a bevy of new Lions. Hey, 2012. Say hello to the first solid record of the year.
Release Date: January 16th,2012
Record Label: Hopeless Records
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4. Search Party
5. Arguing with Thermometers
7. Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
8. Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here
9. Pack of Thieves
10. Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
Go Download: "Pack of Thieves"