Wouldnt disagree that sonically it’s probably their least inventive and original album, and to begin with that worried me a lot. But compositionally and lyrically it’s phenomenal. Just about every song has chord progressions and/or hooks that are just incredible, some of which are more immediate, others more subtle, but all so brilliantly crafted.
And the lyrics, fuck me. Yer man’s just such a special wordsmith and imaginative storyteller. I dont think anyone else on the planet could write the bonkers, brilliant lines found in Big Climb, Planets, and Arch Enemy, let alone make them sound so compelling.
Was pretty much a closed case after A Fever Dream but think this absolutely locks them in as the best British guitar band since peak Radiohead and up there with just about any across the globe at the moment. Have never seen them live and the delayed tour is just another reason to curse this wretched plague (though obviously at the bottom of the list in importance compared to its other effects)