Album: The Airborne Toxic Event, All At Once (Mercury)
Friday 22 April 2011
On 2009's hit debut, The Airborne Toxic Event resembled what Springsteen would have sounded like if he had grown up a goth rather than a greaser.
Their stadium-indie sound is more variegated on this follow-up, on which Mikel Jollett reflects on death and change. "We grow old all at once, and it comes like a punch in the gut," he notes on the galloping, U2-style title track, while the simple "The Graveyard Near The House" is a touching love song. In between are burly rockabilly depictions of Jollett's troubled family, stadium anthems of chugging sincerity, and less appealingly, a song about the bombing of that Afghan wedding party featuring some ghastly prog-rock keyboards. Overall, it treads an uncertain line between bombast and sensitivity.
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