ALBUM REVIEW: Enter Shikari “A Flash Flood Of Colour”

Ok, so I have to hold my hands up, – until very recently I have not really paid much attention to Enter Shikari, but having heard some tracks from their eagerly awaited third album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ a couple of weeks ago, intrigue and ‘wow, I like the sound of this’ set in and I just had to grab myself a copy.

With more shouting than previously deployed on a Shikari album, and at a first listen, with chants of “we are the future”, you might be mistaken for thinking you were being launched into some kind of teenage angst driven, political manifesto campaigning against oil companies (“Arguing With Thermometers”) and capitalism (Ghandi, Mate, Ghandi). Only a couple of tracks show their softer side and tone things down slightly. “Constellations” is the token ballad which I hate to say , for the most part could be confused with an effort from The Streets.

It is clear to me Enter Shikari should stick to what they know. They by no doubt have a talent for crossing a variety of genres and mixing them into a very listenable sound. Who else could fuse dubstep, guitar riffs and hard rock in quite the same way that they can?

I can’t help thinking though that with this record there is a bit too much Fred Durst and Linkin Park and not enough Enter Shikari. Have their previous efforts to be individualistic faded in a bid to become more mainstream? “Arguing With
Thermometers” definitely sounds in parts like it could be on the playlist of your local radio station.

If it is intended for the mainstream, and not just for the hardcore emos ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ does exactly what it says on the tin – it contains such diverse sounds that I would genuinely be shocked if you didn’t find something you liked about it.

Rating:4/5
Reviewer: Katherine Rippon 

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