Lower Than Atlantis – World Record Review

World Record

World Record

Less than twelve months after the fantastic Far Q, Lower Than Atlantis are back with their new album, World Record.

The Hertfordshire quartet’s last release, Far Q was a stunning record, so much so that it topped this sites list of the best albums of 2010, so, the question on everyone’s mind is: Is World Record as good it’s predecessor?

I’m going to go with the short answer here, no. But that doesn’t mean World Record isn’t a fantastic album, far from it.

The first thing you’ll notice when listening to this album is the vocals, it features almost entirely clean vocals, and Mike’s singing has improved tenfold since Far Q. At some points, however, the shoutier vocals from the bands early days are missed, but World Record is the sound of a band maturing and becoming who they want to be.

Mike Duce has took a lot of criticism for his lyrics, and while they may not be the best in the world, they are genuine and from the heart. I challenge you to listen to this album and not empathise or relate to what he is singing about at least once. There’s a very melancholic feel to the album and it’s easy to tell that Mike has been through some tough times in his life. Another Sad Song is a perfect example of this, the heartfelt lyrics mixed with the quiet guitars and the emotion in Mike’s voice make a beautiful song.

Far Q was a hardcore record, World Record is not. As I said earlier, this is a band finally becoming who they want to be. There are some elements of their old sound on songs like Marilyn’s Mansion, but on the whole this is definitely a bit of a departure from the sound of Bretton and Far Q.

As a whole, World Record is brilliant, it may not have the instant punch that Far Q did, but it’s 37 minutes of great songs. So stick with it, let the songs grow on you, this may well be your new favourite album.

9/10

Highlights: (Motor)way of Life, Marilyn’s Mansion, Working For The Man By Day, Sticking It To The Man By Night

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