Following the promise of their spiky pop-punk mini-album ‘Vivarium’ in 2009, Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic took a step back with the stadium-filling riffs and faux-Americanisms of 2011’s ‘Free’.
However, lyrics like “I’ll stay young to be saved” (‘Be A Kid’) come across as self-indulgent and frontman Sam McTrusty’s reedy vocals get lost in menacing tracks like ‘I Am An Animal’.
It’s only the wistful ‘Rest In Pieces’ that proves that the band can be emotive and powerful without the overwrought production.
Words: James Evans
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