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Common Dreads

Released on 15 June 2009

Artist: Enter Shikari

5.0 out of 5 (24 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Results 1-5 of 17

  1. Common Dreads
  2. Solidarity
  3. Step Up
  4. Juggernauts
  5. Wall
  6. Zzzonked
  7. Havoc A
  8. No Sleep Tonight
  9. Gap In The Fence
  10. Havoc B
  11. Antwerpen
  12. The Jester
  13. Halcyon (intro)
  14. Hectic
  15. Fanfare for the Conscious Man

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 Average rating (24 reviews)

 quality listening...

| | See all cliffey's reviews (1)

Enter shikari's new album mixes both mainstream elements with their classic alternative synth style rock to create an unbelievable sound that will, in my opinion, be one of the best albums of 2009.
There are numerous standout songs - most notably 'no sleep tonight'. From its outset, it screams single out to me and following the success of 'juggernauts', expect to be hearing it on the radios soon.
The album follows a similar format to 'take to the skies' with an introductory song with a couple of what you might call interludes in between the chaos and brilliance of each song. The interludes are much stronger than 'take to the skies'. The words 'the lions are at the door/we ain't taking orders from snakes no more' are spoken among some relaxed synth and heavy bass.
'Solidarity' and 'step up' begin with heavy lead synth, something to get the crowds going. There is screaming and dance and trance and techno and even jazz thrown in their for good measure. 'Hectic' is another personal favourite.
There are weaknesses, the last song in particular is too political for my liking. I do not mind bands expressing their opinions on issues but perhaps the last song goes a bit too far. 'The jester' despite being a fan favourite seems weak on an album of much better songs.

Overall however, the album still gets five out of five. The imagination and originality is staggering. Rou gives his mike skinner rapping a go, and also expands his voice a little on a number of songs. The band are going in the right direction, and if this album is anything to go by, the next should be even more brilliant.

 "shikari's most adventurous release to date"

| | See all lewconway's reviews (1)

Enter Shikari have, quite simply, outdone their selves with their latest release, Common Dreads. An inspiring mix of trance, dub, techno, rock and post-hardcore go towards the musical stylings of shikaris most adventurous release to date.

Shikari have continued to push the boundaries of the genre, introducing more and more variety, from the trance like Wall, the hardcore Antwerpen and the politically fueled Fanfare for the Conscious Man.

The first album, being borderline nonsensical, Common Dreads has taken a Step up (no pun intended) in the writing style of the lyrics. The Whole album has a political undertone throughout, from No Sleep Tonight which has been described by the band as being about corporations being corporation-y to the aforementioned Fanfare, written about the current state of the British government. Our gracious queen should grasp the crown and take a goof f-ing swing at Blair and Brown screams front man Rou, who describes this as A last minute outburst of frustration over the last few years.

This new depth is shown in the very first track, which gives the album its Title, Common Dreads. This is almost a poem so to speak, its dark, meaningful and at times moving, as the voice is echoed by children and indigenous people from around the world. This opening sets the theme for the album.

Seamlessly, the album takes a sudden change of pace, with the next track, Solidarity. The synth is used to great effect to pick up the pace and provide a good introduction to the first real song of the album. Switching between choruses with light guitar and gentle melodies, and heavy screaming and drum and base samples used. The song closes with a choir singing the well known phrase from the take to the skies And still we will be here, standing like statues with the response of we will sing as one in solidarity... this acts as a nice throwback to the first album and again showing the variety of the album. Although, in this album, the band seems to have grown up, there are still moments of fun silliness such as in Zzzonked which is a song about being tired and completely drained of energy which effectively lightens the mood towards the end of the album along with Hectic. This is an uplifting song about childhood with videogame music infuences.

Throughout the album, we hear Rou experimenting with some mike skinner style verses, heard in Step Up and Juggernauts. These are very well written and performed, and are used to greatly contrast other points in the song, such as in Zzzonked which is lead with nonsense verse screamed along with chaotic synth samples, followed by an almost rap which then leads towards a climatic breakdown, which is one of the highpoints of the album.

Drawing to a conclusion for this is hard, I want to go into the variety shown in the album by comparing Gap in the Fence with Havoc. But this can be summed up easily in this conclusion; Common Dreads adds a whole new beautiful layer to the already rich tapestry of music that is Enter Shikari without leaving behind the styles seen in the first album. Enter Shikari are so broad that anyone truly interested in music should give them a try and will be easily swept away with the rest of the die hard community.

 Album of 2009

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I've managed to get the whole album early and been listening to it for the last 2 weeks. What a solid album!

Its much more direct than take to the skies. The music is much improved with the use of trance, hardcore , metal , screamo, rock, harmonys, chants, dance, rave, alternative...the list goes on.

When I first heard Jugganauts I didn't think it was that good, but giveit a chance and you'll find it is actually a good song. Nearly every song on this album is a great listen, I would rate each song as follows:

Common Dreads - Intro with different nations 'we must unite' 6/10
Solidarity - great opener 8/10
Step Up - If our own lives aren't directly affected, then there's no need for it to be corrected 8/10
Juggernauts - Good single 8/10
Wall - Great once gets going 'Its glorious outside' 9/10
Zzzonked - If U likes No Sssweat you'll love this, classic 10/10
Havoc A - The lions are at the door... 8/10
No Sleep Tonight - Needs a few listens 7/10
Gap In The Fence - Gets better as the song progresses 8/10
Havoc B - We ain't taking orders from snakes no more 8/10
Antwerpen - Single released, avereage 6/10
The Jester - Slow start, great ending 8/10
Halcyon (intro) - Interlude 6/10
Hectic - Awesome lyrics 9/10
Fanfare for the Conscious Man - Political album ending 7/10

Overall 8.5/10

 so far so good...

| | See all bldvdinc's reviews (14)

I havn't heard the whole album but i've heard most of them.
They've taken a different style to their last album take to the skies. Hopefully the rest of the fans will be impressed with what they've done :) i know i am. So... Buy it

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