The Amulet is the kind of release that’s capable of capturing a new audience. I would know, because this is my first legitimate experience with Circa Survive after years of sample-listening and vague intrigue that never culminated in a full, proper listen. There are plenty of reasons for that, and I’m entirely to blame, but there’s still something about this album – perhaps its overwhelming maturity and beautiful cohesiveness – that seems to elevate the entire band to a new level worth investigating.
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Circa Survive are now six albums deep into a truly unique sound they've cultivated all themselves. By and large, they remain true to that sound on The Amulet, so not much is different here. That said, they've toned down their wilder prog-rock side that's emerged in the five years (only really apparent now in the bombastic intro of "Stay," energetic wail of the sinister "Rites Of Investiture" and the closing title track), and adopted a slightly darker demeanor.