More like 3.5 stars. I'll give NFO an "A" for effort and actually the album has grown on me to where I can say "this is a dang fine album." Overall I would say this isn't a drastic departure from the last album, however when compared to their last two attempts, this sounds a bit weak in the songwriting department. The opening and closing tracks are killer, along with "Transmissions" and "Carmencita Seven." Others like the title track are fine to groove to but "Curves" and "Golden Swansdown" are probably the worst songs they've written thus far.
Overall, it's a mixed bag...the production is great as ever, the musicianship is still there, the 80's cheese might be layered a bit too thick but still endearing. This time around it's the songwriting that is the inconsistent...had they thrown in a couple tracks like "Domino" or "Pretty Thing Closing in" to break up the soft rock tunes, it would have helped immensely.
Not bad, not great...If you like their previous albums I'm sure you will like this one also.
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- Label: Nuclear Blast
- Copyright: ℗© Nuclear Blast
- Total Length: 54:43
- ASIN: B082MN9296
- Customer Reviews: 49 customer ratings
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