|Therapy? - Never Apologise Never Explain
01. Rise Up
02. Die Like A Motherfucker
03. Perish The Thought
04. Here Be Monsters
05. So Called Life
07. Polar Bear
08. Rock You Monkeys
10. Long Distance
11. This Ship Is Sinking
12. Save The Sermon
13. Last One To Heaven's A Loser
Never Apologise Never Explain is Therapy?'s best album since Infernal Love and quite possibly the best alternative metal release of this year. Considering the fact that Therapy? have never actually released anything remotely bad, you can expect to hear some truly exceptional stuff here.
Prior to the album's release the select few who heard the album have been claiming that it was to be a return to the style that the band presented on the highly acclaimed and virtually perfect Troublegum; however, this is not true. Therapy?'s latest is in fact more of a return to the aesthetic of Nurse, with only a small bit of Troublegum thrown in. Therefore, fans of this band already know what to expect - off-beat syncopated and looped drums, ingenious noisy riffs, absolutely awesome lyrics, prominent and innovative bass lines and many unconventional and unorthodox musical ideas. In other words - Therapy? decided to be themselves as much as possible on this album. The genius of Andy Cairns' guitar playing style is back and his vocals are consistently top notch. He is equally at home delivering his 'drunken' tirades, as well as providing the more refined and melodic approach of albums like Infernal Love. Additionally, ex-The Beyond (prog-thrash band) drummer Neil Cooper is quite possibly the best drummer Therapy? had so far.
There is no filler on this album at all so let me simply describe the songs that caught my attention the most. The album starts off with an immediately recognizable trademark Therapy? drum and bass line, which quickly develops into "Rise Up" - an energetic and angry anthem. Not quite as angry and cathartic as the next track though, with its unforgettable refrain - "If you live like a fucker, then DIE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER!!". The next memorable refrain comes up in the very next song, "Perish The Though", where Cairns comments on the general state of his life by using the following phrase - "It could be worse, I could be you". Hehehe. Moving right along, Therapy? actually seem to succeed at what Metallica failed to achieve on St. Anger, that is, make a really 'frantic' song called (quite appropriately) "Panic". On "Dead", we go into angry territory once again, while the whole song reminds me of Nirvana, in the best way possible. Anger isnt the only emotion you will find on this album though. The wonderful, anthemic "Long Distance" reaffirms me in the conviction that this is the only band capable of playing a pop-punk lead and not sounding insincere and commercial while doing it. Finally, "Last One In Heaven's A Loser" is a flawless album closer, somewhat similar to Infernal Love's "30 Seconds" in that it puts the entirety of what we heard before in a different perspective.
I could go on and on about how good and interesting this album is, however, I tend to go off on tangents and end up writing way too much about albums that I really like. Therefore, let me finish the review right here. Simply get this album.
Written on 23.11.2004 by
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