Label: Red Novel - REDL-1005 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
Alas, you can be forgiven for losing track of Manchester based band Nine Black Alps since their impressive emergence with debut album Everything Is back in Signs of life flickered once again throughout the middling effort that was Sirens, arriving in Now If You Are But A Dream - Various - Greatest Love Songs - Golden Greats with their fifth studio album, Candy For The Clowns, it seems that the band have finally regained the passion that made their debut so triumphant.
Screeching, distorted guitars thunder into earshot and gravelly vocals make for a rockier affair. The bass and drum beat pummel along in unison, creating a sense of organised chaos. The melodic guitars and crashing percussion of current single, Supermarket Clothes, make for a poppier, more upbeat and catchy number, which boasts a sense of fresh, youthful energy. Patti adds another electrocuting slice of grunge to the mix. The track is given extra depth and substance with the use of a whammy bar on lingering notes and dramatic stops and starts.
A dirty, distorted bass line introduces Something Else — a melting pot of punk, rock and pop broiled into one concoction. It proves to be a wild, addictive caterwaul of a song, utilising poetic lyrics, rhythmic guitars and compelling drums to make it much more engaging. Morning After takes a shift down in tempo and Candy Cane (Exclusive Acoustic Version) - Nine Black Alps - Candy For The Clowns more subtle in its approach than other tracks.
Candy Cane (Exclusive Acoustic Version) - Nine Black Alps - Candy For The Clowns drum rolls and heavier droning riffs add some bluesy mannerisms and a sense of darkness throughout the chorus. Particularly heartfelt and humane vocals are present during Take Me Underground, a slower number which is soft, skilfully melodic and reposed.
Brilliantly atmospheric guitars and the tracks simple, yet effective, two note bounce are enough to warrant it repeated plays. Album closer Clown is a heavy, gritty unusual blend with more catchy riffs and meaningful lyrics.
It is an energised, agitated and engaging ending which proves to be simple, but very effective. Candy For The Clowns encompasses all things sinister and serene throughout its audio journey. The band have cleverly secured a release of angst and anger whilst managing to retain a sense of precious melody; the eye of the storm, if you will.
Nine Black Alps have maintained some of their original and distinctive sound, upheld Karel - Karel - Unaven Davem a tighter and more dynamic style.
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