11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sustained passion and crushing power are the dominant textures emerging from the Essex band’s second album. Credit singer Conor Mason, who lets his multi-octave voice proudly unfurl like a terrace banner. They rock with razor focus and an ear for sublime hooks and audio tricks on tracks like “I’m Not Made By Design” and “Amsterdam.” When they slow it down, like on “Particles,” “Hell, Yeah,” and “Soda,” Nothing But Thieves unlock stadium-anthem levels on par with Radiohead or Keane.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sustained passion and crushing power are the dominant textures emerging from the Essex band’s second album. Credit singer Conor Mason, who lets his multi-octave voice proudly unfurl like a terrace banner. They rock with razor focus and an ear for sublime hooks and audio tricks on tracks like “I’m Not Made By Design” and “Amsterdam.” When they slow it down, like on “Particles,” “Hell, Yeah,” and “Soda,” Nothing But Thieves unlock stadium-anthem levels on par with Radiohead or Keane.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Marcus0011988001 ,

Something for Everyone

This is such a strangely addictive album, even more so than their self titled release. It’s like Rhye met Deepfield, had a baby and named it Amsterdam. Sure there’s overtones of Keane, Radiohead, and even April Wine, but random detours take you for a serious spin. The title track ‘Broken Machine’ wavers between Mike Milosh and a circus ringmaster. ‘I’m Not Made by Design’ is reminiscent of Lindsey Buckingham at times, then goes bi-polar, erupting into a frantic frenzy of crisp, choppy guitars for a bit, then 20 seconds later, explodes into a Kashmir-esque anthem of orchestral awesomeness. ‘Live Like Animals’ begins starts with some bite-sized Ministry riffs, then mixes in some pseudo-rap, then switches to something else entirely. It’s clear Conor Mason has exceptional octave range, competing with the likes of Buckley and even Mercury at times, yet the band as a whole has an enormous amount of talent and energy, establishing a sound that is uniquely theirs.

jpmusic ,

Record of the Year 2017

Great band, great songs and great vocals. These guys have it all, not sure why they aren't breaking faster in the States.

ConspicuousGoat ,

Where did "Afterlife" go?

I absolutely love this band and this new album is sounding really good already, but why was "Afterlife" taken off the standard album? That just seems kind of weird.

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