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9 out of 10
It’s one of the biggest clichés going, every band claims that they’re original and that they combine all sorts of genres (primarily indie bands when they try to convince you that they have influences of jazz in their generic tripe), but Enter Shikari, they nail it, with style.
So after the success of their first record Enter Shikari are back with ’Common Dreads’ and the first single ’Juggernauts’ and in turn the problems labelling it. Sure there are roots in hardcore with a massive pop chorus combined but there are so many more nuisances than that. From the opening insanity of the synth attacking you something ferocious to Mike Skinner like observational lyric driven verse and then acoustic soft melody ending, then is no shortage of styles and remember, this song is 3 minutes and 43 seconds long.
So you thinking with all these styles it’s gotta sound like a complete mess right? Well you couldn’t be more wrong and the annoying part is, I don’t know how they do it! When reading back my observations it appears this track should be a big pile of noise but it completely works as a song and better yet for their mass appeal, a pop song.
It’s not perfect, some lyrics are a bit naff and the vocal has a slight hint of irritation but these are niggles that aren’t even worth considering with this solid effort, it’s almost like they’ve worked out how to be completely original in 2009 and that’s no mean feat. The world is theirs for the taking until the replica arrive and completely ruin the moment.