Freeze The Atlantic - 'Freeze The Atlantic'

by Kyle McCormick
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on 20 June 2014 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Alcopop!
Release date 16th June
Rating 8/10

Does released a self-titled album mean you were just too lazy to think of a decent title — especially if that album if your second? Regardless of that, Freeze The Atlantic seemed to confirm their "alt-rock supergroup" status with 2012's debut 'Speakeasy', can they perpetuate that label following the follow-up however? It seems at first that 'Freeze The Atlantic' takes the attitude and balls of 'Le Track' from the first record and runs with it, creating a powerful, guitar-driven rock record - leaving any whiffs of pop-rock in its wake. Whilst this approach translates beautifully to letting loose in sweaty basements, single 'Stompbox' seems to epitomise the simplicity of the music on offer. However, the quintet don't need gimmicks or intricate arrangements, the no nonsense sound is exactly where the energy, beauty - and ultimately enjoyment - of the music lies. Within this mish-mash of lovable rock hits that the likes of You Me At Six and Twin Atlantic are no doubt envious of, lies the gem 'Like Gravity', which from its attention-catching guitar intro to its end is simply perfection. A recycled version of 'This Fight', a bonus track from the first album and live favourite, closes the record - but the toned two penultimate one-two of the tracks preceding it shows a side of Freeze The Atlantic that'll take you for dinner and buy you roses. All in all, a great record and follow-up to a strong debut, whilst the title and content could be perceived as lacking originality - critics should take time to appreciate the skill, talent and hard work on display.

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