Amplifier - "Insider"
(SPV Records SPV 99922)
From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)
First thing I can say is that after reading the press release for this CD, I was quite sure that this was the wrong CD in the case. The claims that this was louder, more intense and aurally stimulating than ever are false. Toned down is the huge sound the band used have and in comes the indie brit pop sound. To my ears this sounds nothing like the last CD, which had this great wall of sound. They describe gargantuan riffs, sailing serpentine bass spines powered along by kerosene drums... very little or any of that on this record? What record were they listening to??? The CD begins with the instrumental Gurstav's Arrival, which probably is the heaviest track on the CD, but not that it is interesting. Maybe I am just not in the mood for this. I liked the last album but this one I just don't get it. Such slick brit pop like singing, the band is for sure going for a more accessible sound. It will probably be more popular than ever. Kick me in the head.
For more information you can visit the Amplifier web site at: http://www.amplifiertheband.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller