Since I’m a betting man, I’ll wager that this will be a huge hit at some point (it’s as accessible and commercially viable as Coheed And Cambria), but honestly, what the fuck is it? I can’t tell if it’s a fucked-up hybrid of shoegazing and heavy metal or a cross-eyed emo variant. Shuffling drumbeats, electronic layers, synthesizer washes, breathy vocals—when you add it up, it sounds like an updated version of the Dream Academy, A Flock Of Seagulls or Tears For Fears (circa Songs From the Big Chair) with better gear. Not really being familiar with Codeseven’s prior releases (although I could swear I’ve seen them live at some point), I won’t comment on the oft-reported change from heavier music to this lightweight, airy new romantic rock—I will merely note that the best parts of this album remind me of records that I’d rather be listening to.
–scott (Equal Vision)