After three years of absence on the new music front, Watford rockers Lower Than Atlantis are back with a seismic bang to celebrate 10 years since their formation.
‘Safe In Sound’ is the band’s fifth studio album and thanks to the success of their 2014 self-titled album, the band have gained a huge worldwide fan base which meant it was no surprise at all that ‘Safe In Sound’ debuted in the top five of the UK album charts. It is clear that the three years away haven’t affected the band, as the sound that this LP has is fairly similar to that of their self-titled album, therefore it leaves listeners with the question, are they playing it safe?
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Due to the overwhelming number of British rock bands that have emerged over the past few years, there is a fairly bright spotlight on the bands that were already there. Lower Than Atlantis had to put their heart and soul into this album, and unfortunately it may have slipped the mark. With tracks such as ‘I Would’ sounding overwhelmingly similar to the pop song ‘Heartbeat Song’ by Kelly Clarkson, it provides an unexpected but not necessarily welcome change for fans, this sets the tone for the last few songs of the album which provide a slower, more emotional sentiment. The most emotional song on the album, ‘I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore’, serves as an insight into the mind of someone at their lowest, with lyrics such as “I wish I was never born and I don’t want to be here anymore” tugging at the heartstrings of the listeners.
A particular highlight from the album would be the catchy single ‘Work For It’ which provides listeners with an ear-worm – and something for their thousands of fans to get their lips around during their biggest UK tour ever next month.
Overall, ‘Safe In Sound’ is a solid album that appeals mainly to the fans of the band’s previous material, as the good qualities of this album are exceptional, however it provides very little to pull new listeners in. Consequently a more apt name for the album would have been ‘Safe and Sound’, as it seems as if the band are comfortable with their head-first dive into the mainstream.
Headline dates are below:
THURSDAY 09 MARCH Norwich UEA
FRIDAY 10 MARCH O2 Academy Birmingham
SATURDAY 11 MARCH Manchester Academy
MONDAY 13 MARCH O2 Academy Leeds
TUESDAY 14 MARCH O2 Academy Newcastle
WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH ABC Glasgow
FRIDAY 17 MARCH O2 Academy Brixton, London
SATURDAY 18 MARCH The Great Hall, Cardiff