CD Review: Therapy? – ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’

This writer has never listened to a Therapy? album before. True story. Not out of any inherent dislike of them, they’re just one of those bands that I was aware […]

This writer has never listened to a Therapy? album before. True story. Not out of any inherent dislike of them, they’re just one of those bands that I was aware of but had absolutely no desire or reason to listen to and just passed me by. With that said, 20 years and 13 albums into a career of highs and lows – from magazine poster boys to revolving line-ups – is this a good album to start with? I can only judge this album on its own merits and not the legacy the band has carved for itself over years of touring and releases.

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‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ is a very hit and miss affair, some tracks that stood out to me were ‘Marlow’, an instrumental that begins with a guitar riff and slowly adds each instrument building to a bit of a crescendo, and ‘Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing’, the lead single from the album that’s a heavy jam with some catchy riffs. I also really enjoyed the amazingly titled ‘Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder’, a song which shows how diverse the album can be if nothing else and is very Killing Joke-esque in regards to fusing a range of influences.

So, am I inspired to delve into the back-catalogue of Therapy? after listening to this? No, not really. Nothing exactly blew me away or hooked me in at any point. If I was to hazard a guess, I’d say this album is one fans of the band will lap up and on the flipside will be met by casual indifference from anyone else who stumbles across it.

rating-2

 

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