Scotland rock act Twin Atlantic recently returned with a new album called POWER. It's the band's fifth album and their first since 2016.
Before jumping into this review, it's probably good to clarify a couple of things. Though not highly praised, the band's 2011 album release Free to one of the better albums of the past decade. It's less of an album and more like a the Scottish version of a sonic hurricane. Personally, it's one of my favorite records ever. Califying that, POWER isn't that record. It's meant to be Twin Atlantic's version of a loveletter to bands like LCD Soundsystem. There's a lot of weird introductions and moments like that on this record. There are definitely some hooks and highly melodic moments here, but that's not the primary focus of this record.
This record is kind of like Twin Atlantic's version of art rock. When the songs are more akin to the band's work in the last decade, that works on this record. Songs like "Oh! Euphoria!", "Barcelona", and "Novocaine" are all great. The problem is that those are the first three songs on this record, everything else takes an odd turn. There's a :42 second interlude cfalled "Mount Bungo" and everything after that is a plunge into the volcano of odd. Some of it is decent, like "Ultraviolet Truth" and "Messiah" but most of it misses the mark, especially when compared to the band's last couple of records.
Twin Atlantic's latest isn't their best, but it's a push forward with something creatively different. Too often do we blast bands who make the same record over and over and then turn around and complain about them doing something different when they implement it. It's a no-win situation. This record might not be filled with hits or put Twin Atlantic on bigger tours this summer, but it's going to add a few nice pieces to a band's setlist that features plenty of great music. It's not something you need to run to listen to, but definitely give it a go if you're a fan of the band.