Release Date: May 3, 2011
Record label: Red Bull Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
So good we made it our album of the month... There was a point during the recording of ‘Vivarium’ where Twin Atlantic feared all was lost. Somewhere in the mixing process the band lost the clarity and power of the songs on their mini-album and, for a few days at least, they feared the entire session was doomed, that all gains made with early EPs was lost and that the Scottish quartet were probably going to be dropped for the mistakes made.
Disappointingly stale album from the Scots, but it could yet be their breakthrough. Chris White 2011 In their short career to date, Glaswegian four-piece Twin Atlantic have already supported big-selling fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and American legends Smashing Pumpkins, suggesting they have won the respect of their peers as an act of genuine promise. Unfortunately, this largely disappointing album offers only fitful evidence that they have what it takes to emulate the success of their celebrated contacts.
Twin Atlantic won’t set the world on fire with their originality, and it’s unlikely that their intention is to do so. Still, the Glasgow, Scotland-based quartet’s new album, Free, lacks much of what makes this brand of emo-rock great for some and tolerable for others: namely, catchy hooks and memorable melodies. Frontman Sam McTrusty trudges through 13 tracks with a nasally, heavily accented voice that will be difficult for a lot of listeners to follow; more importantly, he also has a tendency to strain a little too hard for the melody and ultimately fall short (“Time For You To Stand Up,” “Apocalyptic Renegade”).