Overall Score: 9.5/10 Consistency: 10/10 Sound: 9/10 Lyrics: 10/10 Pros: Fucking HUGE Choruses | Depth of Lyrical Content | Consistency Cons: The Fact I Didn't Make This Album
Have you ever bought an album without knowing anything about the band, have very little expectations and just bought it merely because someone said it was good? Well, this is what happened here. Only this time, saying I was blown away would be like saying Justin Bieber is a modern day Michael Jackson. As Le Prologue plays out and The Sick, Sick 6.8 Billion comes in it becomes quite apparent that Letlive not only know what they’re doing, but they’ve struck gold by doing so.
Somehow, they’ve managed to combine so many elements to create something that is totally bat-shit crazy and majestically divine in equal measures – it’s like being punched in the face by Kimbo Slice whilst Katy Perry services your manly parts. Hook-laden, anthemic choruses are found in quantities that would rival a Lady Gaga record, with subtle, jazz-esque melodies, balls out rock ‘n’ roll melodies and everything in between. Fake history throws up enough diversity to give almost any music fan something to enjoy – from the jazz inspired Muther, with its subtle, damn near sexy vocals, to the more extreme Over Being Under, each song has enough pizazz, bounce and hooks to astonish any open-minded individual who is willing to give this album a chance.
In the world that we live in, consistency is the key, many bands can write that one good song, but very few can create an album that produces a new favourite after every listen. Pick your favourite track from Fake History and you can guarantee it’ll be different a week later. If you love the craziness of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die and Glassjaw, mixed with relentless energy and raw, face pounding vocals then look no further, Letlive are here and they’re ready to grab the world by the balls, squeeze like a vice and watch them pop.
I could literally talk about this album until my voice – or keyboard that is – breaks, but, these words I write, that you are now reading, cannot do this album enough justice; there are simply not enough positive adjectives in the English dictionary to sum this album up. To put it simply, this is my album of 2010 by an absolute mile, and, come 2020, when we look back at what the decade has brought us, if this doesn’t make it into my top 20, then we would have been treated to some unbelievably outstanding albums. 2011 will be the biggest year of these boys’ careers, don’t stand by and watch, join in the love of the Letlive crew.
For Fans of: Glassjaw, the Dillinger Escape Plan and melodic, aggressive music.
Album Highlights: The entire thing