Part of Enter Shikari’s appeal is that fans never quite know what to expect next; The Spark, the band’s fifth album, has taken them in yet another direction. Ten years after their debut album Take to the Skies it is hard to believe they’re the same band, having massively changed their sound with a much greater electronic element and a loss of some of the heavier aspects. Enter Shikari are not a band afraid to take chances, and it’s working for them.
The Spark is a strong offering from Enter Shikari, and the band must be commended for their ever-evolving sound and strive for change
Opening title track ‘The Spark’ is an instrumental, which perhaps lures listeners into a false sense of security regarding the album’s intensity. Each song on the album has a different vibe; it is a widely varied album showcasing the diversity Enter Shikari are adept at producing. From the slow paced, almost acoustic ‘Airfield’, to the singalong chorus of ‘Live Outside’, to the heavier tone of ‘Rabble Rouser’.
The first single ‘Live Outside’, is an early track and the cheeriest of the album’s offerings, whilst second single ‘Rabble Rouser’ lies mid album and is much heavier, with an almost anthemic chorus.
The band take the opportunity to comment on the UK’s current political situation in the lyrics to ‘Take My Country Back’. The penultimate song however, ‘An Ode to Lost Jigsaw Pieces’, is lyrically a much more emotional track, although at just shy of six minutes it still contains several tempo changes.
The Spark is a strong offering from Enter Shikari, and the band must be commended for their ever-evolving sound and strive for change.
Review by Eloise Doherty