Album Review: Sticky by Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes
Acceptable, Based on 2 Critics
The Line of Best Fit - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Featuring a plethora of collaborations, Sticky sees Frank Carter and his comrades call on an impressive list of musical acts to aid in delivering their metaphorical cuts. Tackling societal issues and delving into the depths of mental health, the band hold no boundaries when fronted with 'taboos' in their most honest, and sonically mature offering to date. Painting a vivid picture throughout of a broken-down city ("Sticky", "My Town") and the antics that occur within ("Cupid"), where "Bang Bang" and "Off With His Head'' take a jab at fairy tales, The Rattlesnakes catastrophise the end of society as we know it.
Sticky? More like Stinky, amiright?
It's hard to believe Sticky comes from the same guy who fronted seminal hardcore classics Orchestra of Wolves and Grey Britain, as well as the Rattlesnakes' ferocious debut album, Blossom and, to a slightly lesser extent, their excellent follow-up, Modern Ruin. In fact, it's pretty darn depressing when you sit back and think about how far the Rattlesnakes project has declined in quality in just six years. Of course, I called out Frank's perfidious gambit as far back as Modern Ruin's release.