The Critics Corner | Albums

Reflection Latest album brings spectacular reinvention for UK outfit
Anna Calvi
Hayley Holmes Album name: That's The Spirit
Label: Columbia
Release date: September 11, 2015
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review written by: Hayley Holmes
Bring Me The Horizon, the seasoned veterans made up of England natives Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fish, are making a statement with their latest release That’s The Spirit. The band’s fifth studio album is an experiment of new sounds and styles that proves to be a perfect means of reinvention and evolution.

The opening track “Doomed” was the first track the band wrote for the album. Featuring intense instrumentals and dark lyrics, this track sets the scene for the rest of the album. It’s about celebrating the sadness and darkness and accepting it for what it is.

“Happy Song” continues on with this message of accepting sadness and making light of the situation. It’s about learning to laugh at the situation so that you don’t cry and just learning to turn your sadness into acceptance and happiness. The irony of the lyrics with the loud, explosive guitars and drums create the perfect setting for this track to convey its message.

The next tracks “Throne” and “True Friends” describe situations of betrayal and disappointment. Both tracks focus on embracing these situations and realizing that it’s necessary to aid in personal growth. The lyrics explain that it’s not worth it to hold a grudge, but rather accept the lessons that were taught and hold people at arms length.

“Follow You” is the track that really sets the stage for the new sound of Bring Me The Horizon. It sounds completely different from anything they’ve done before with mellower, ballad-like instruments. The song is about getting to a breaking point in a relationship when you’re like “I can’t do this anymore,” but realizing that it could be so much worse and that no matter what happens you’re under this person’s spell and you’ll follow them anywhere.

The dark-humored “What You Need” and “Blasphemy” are anthems towards close-minded people. It’s about those people who only believe everything they’ve ever taught, those people who don’t explore things for themselves. “You’ll see it when you believe,” meaning you’ll understand how much more is out there when you open your mind.

Lead singer Oli Sykes explains that he wrote “Avalanche” about his ADHD. It’s about feeling out of control and like everything is tumbling down like an avalanche. Sykes explains that he didn’t know what was wrong with him and it made him feel like he had no control over himself. The opening lyric “cut me open and tell me what’s inside” sets the theme of trying to get a grasp on what is going on in your own mind and body.

“Run” is the most musically unique song on the album. The larger drumbeats and explosive chorus create an ominous chorus that Sykes hope will “make your hair stand on its ends.”

The next track “Drown” was released a while before the album came out, but lyrically it fit perfectly on That’s The Spirit.  With lyrics like “the wait of the world is getting harder to hold up,” this track continues to explore depression and trying to overcome it.

The last track “Oh No” is meant to be a dance song. It’s ironic because it sounds like a song you would hear on a night out, but the lyrics are poking fun at people who at 30 still live for the weekend and party like they’re 18. It’s a perfect end track because it alludes to the fact that all good things must come to an end.

That’s The Spirit takes Bring Me The Horizon in a new direction. It explores themes of depression, growth and change, which is perfect for the new sound the band has found. Check out That’s The Spirit on iTunes and catch Bring Me The Horizon on tour this fall!
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