Average User Score: 7.2Jan 21, 2014I started to have concerns with this new album when guitarist/vocalist Theresa Wayman stated that previous albums were "totally crammed" with "too much instrumentation" and "We leant towards things we thought were sexier". There were rave reactions on YouTube to `love is to die' with its key change chorus but it left me rather unimpressed. Most of the songs have stripped out guitars leaving the vocals, bass, and drums to carry the songs. Guitars lazily jiggle in then out but on many tracks they have largely been replaced with synthesizer. It is certainly a new direction for Warpaint and the first time all four members have written music together.
Personally, I like 'Feeling Alright' where this new focus works extremely well with its subdued dubstep bass line leading into the tracks 'CC' and 'Drive'. Unlike previous releases there is a lack of urgency and rawness and at times this new direction just simply does not work. Most of the album is one toned and drifts rather aimlessly going nowhere which in the end lacks anything that will remotely stir your senses. Listen in comparison to Braids ‘In Kind’ where drifting, electronic + guitar can mix to produce something magical.
Nothing on this release comes close to matching the brilliance of 'Majesty', 'Beetles', 'Elephants' or 'Undertow’. The band may have advanced technically in recording and production techniques but in the end we have an album that's rather too easy listening and completely forgettable.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Oct 15, 2013Hesitation Marks, is as boring as hell It's no Pretty Hate Machine and has certainly gone downward Spiral. Song structures as basic, glitch drums, bit of singing, bit of synth noise, bit more singing, the end! What makes it worse some of the vocal lines boarder on the cringed worthy. You have to wait to near the end of the album to get anything like a decent NIN song but by that time all interest has vanished into a haze of nothingness. NIN fans will not like this review, as Trent is untouchable but NIN has no relevance today. Trent give up NIN and make film music.… Expand