Darker, meatier and much heavier on all fronts...
'A Better Life'

When it came to writing the follow-up to ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, Spring King knew things had to change. That album was primarily the work of frontman and drummer Tarek Musa, but ‘A Better Life’ is an entirely different beast, expanding on their debut’s vigorous garage-pop sound to create something darker, meatier and much heavier on all fronts. Trailed by the raucous ‘Animal’ at the start of the year, the record’s mood is different to what some might have expected, but the energy is still there in spades.

‘Paranoid’ and ‘Us Vs Them’ tackle the social and personal unrest fostered by the Brexit fallout; while ‘Let’s Drink’ raises a glass to introverts everywhere with possibly the best chorus the band have penned to date. While its exploration of the less savoury aspects of existence may lead some to think of its title as ironic, the searing honesty is tempered by the genuine hope that things can improve; or, as the psychedelic highlight ‘Have You Ever Looked Up Into the Sky?’ puts it, “Let the light in / I’ve got a feeling we're gonna see in the dark.”

The quartet are no quitters and they're ready to fight for change - will you join them?

8/10

Words: Gareth O'Malley

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