THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT – SUCH HOT BLOOD, SUCH A MEDIOCRE ALBUM

THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT – SUCH HOT BLOOD, SUCH A MEDIOCRE ALBUM

Joe GransingerThursday,9 May 2013

The Snap:

The Airborne Toxic Event released their latest album, Such Hot Blood, early last week. It carries forward the moody and deep lyrics of the band’s past, but is much mellower than any Airborne album we’ve heard before. The album has recently become available to stream on Spotify.

The Download:

What I expect from The Airborne Toxic Event is indie rock that’s aimed at the mainstream music audience, and that’s exactly what Such Hot Blood delivers. Just like their previous albums, nearly any track on it could fit right into a Top-40 station. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good album. Overall, it’s a fairly decent offering with a few gems that shine above the rest, but it’s lacking a true breakout single.

Timeless” is the second track from the album, and the one that’s receiving the most attention. Unfortunately, this is by far one of the lyrically weaker songs. The chorus of “We are, we are, We are timeless, timeless. Everything we have, we have, everything oh my god” isn’t exactly the most impressive songwriting I’ve ever seen. It does, however, sound good. The depressing tone and vocals walk the line between indie rock and emo, and could have came straight from a Good Charlotte album ten years ago.

The Fifth Day” is one of the strongest tracks of the album, and is done as a softly sung male-female duet (and instantly became one of my favorite songs that The Airborne Toxic Event has ever performed). It’s also one of the best songs from the album from a lyrical point of view, as it paints a near perfect picture of a breakup and (of course) the depressing aftermath. It doesn’t feel rushed, and it doesn’t feel like it was created for the sole purpose of reaching radio stations – and that’s when The Airborne Toxic Event are at their best.

This is London” and “Safe” round out the list of decent songs from the album, introducing pianos and violins that combine with the wailing vocals of frontman Mikel Jollett quite well.

Hitting extreme highs and extreme lows on the same album are what TATE are all about, which also makes them an extremely frustrating band to enjoy. The glimpses of greatness here are brought down by the lackluster attempts to reach the mainstream crowd. While half of the album sounds great, the other half is filled with frustrating disappointment and reveals the less-than-impressive side of The Airborne Toxic Event.


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