Mar 21, 2011

2010 in music - Filter – The trouble with angels – A-

For some reason, the public at large gave Richard Patrick a pretty hard time for the last Filter album, and to me, Soldiers of Misfortune isn’t a bad album at all. It’s not like it’s Sgt. Pepper’s or anything, but Filter has never been a band that will truly transcend into the upper reaches of rock and roll. They’re a solid band and then some, they have albums I really like and some tracks I love, but they aren’t epic by any means. However, with their new album, Patrick and company have put out the best Filter album since Title of Record and serves as a true return to form to the shrieking front man that could. Where Soldiers of Misfortune was kind of political in its lyrical content, The Trouble with angels is slightly existential or philosophical with its content and honestly, these are some of the better lyrics Patrick has put out in a while. True, they cater to existentially frustrated teens and the like, but that doesn’t diminish their punch one bit. The album has 10 tracks, little filler and decent variety for starters and the paydirt is in the rockers for the most part. The funny thing is that the single chosen for the album is also one of my least favorite tracks on the album. The Inevitable Relapse is not a god awful song, but supposedly the lyrics “Drink it, drink it, snort it, smoke it - Every little thing I love about it - Drink it, drink it, snort it, smoke it – yeaaaah” come from a little mantra Richard Patrick would recite while getting high… whatever. In reality it’s a decent song, but it sounds so much from Hey Man Nice Shot that you can’t help but focus on the other tracks. It might also have to do with the deliberate attempt to cash in on the Filter dollar, but hey, Fades Like a Photograph seems like the mandatory ballad and it’s actually quite good. The funny thing is listening to the track during the music video where there is a definite clash between what they’re playing and how they look like they’re playing. That poser potshot aside, The Trouble with Angels is definitely a worthy add to your collection. SIDENOTE: Unlike King’s of Leon’s Deluxe Version of Come around Sundown, the Deluxe Edition of The Trouble with Angels is a very worthy buy, including 4 solid tracks and one throwaway remix for over 20 minutes worth of extra content. So be sure to check those extra tracks out.

Highlight Tracks: Drug Boy – Fades like a photograph – Catch a Falling Knife – The trouble with angels


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