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The Automatic - Tear The Signs Down [Album]

The Automatic - Tear The Signs Down [Album]

Armoured Records

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire March 6th, 2010.

‘What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster?’ is probably one of the most notable lines from previous The Automatic back catalogue, however in this case there is a monster on the horizon, with their third album "Tear the Signs Sown". I am confident this album will give the band a new lease of life and being self released is a sign that The Automatic are clearly planning to take control and explore new directions with absolute freedom.

I would cite ‘Insides’ as being the most accessible album track and being the first on the album places the listener in safe hands, with its catchy chorus lines, simplified distorted guitar riffs and snappy drum work, this feels like a more mature, more polished band. I honestly wasn’t expecting the sound I heard and felt they might try and push the boundaries by going heavier, akin to their Lost Prophets counterparts, however they have a very commercial and radio friendly base in which all the songs build from.

Anybody longing for the familiar sounds of old might be more at home with ‘Run and Hide’ which sees the band return to more gritty, beat-heavy arrangements. However this track still offers opportunity for the cleaner, more developed vocals to shine through, encompassing the new feel from this album. I was always apprehensive towards this band when they first came out, as they appeared to throw everything they had at all of their releases, which obviously took them global with tours and festivals, however I always questioned the longevity of this thought process.

‘Can I Take You Home’ is a great little number which has some cool guitar work and what appears to be a touch of synth / keyboard, but don’t quote me on that one. Either way, I was immediately struck by the melody and this in turn led me to respond favourably to the catchy lyrics, where I even found myself mouthing along unexpectedly to a line from the chorus, which I had only heard once before – such is the song writing ability.

Credit to the band for producing a strong comeback album, which I assume will see them rise back to the top again, rather than fall by the wayside as so many return album releases seem to nowadays.

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It is clear to me that the new direction The Automatic has taken is most probably going to bring more new fans, however whether their decided sound will shun the die hard fans of early work is yet to be seen. I believe that this band will be respected for their move and I have probably weighted my thoughts too heavily on this apparent new sound. "Tear The Signs Down" is a strong album from start to finish and has a multitude of accessible factors and memorable moments to leave any fan, new, old or indifferent appreciating something here.

For those who are interested in seeing the band live, they are touring almost every day in March 2010, throughout the UK. I’ve never watched them on stage personally, but on the back of this album I would be looking for a date to check them out.

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