Album Review: Capital – Force Is Not A Remedy

By on Monday, 14th June 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sleep, eat, work, and listen to Capital. That’s what my daily regimen has been looking like for the past ten days or so. More appropriately in reverse order, too. It’s fair to say that this UK band has truly hooked me with their most recent album, “Force Is Not A Remedy.”

For starters, album opener, “City Never Sleeps”, instantly hits a nerve and rattles your bones, seemingly invading you inside and out. What’s more, ballad rocker “Bright Lights” walks the tightrope of ambiguity and transparency, notching the band to such comparisons as Editors and Athlete. And I’ve only touched upon the first two songs here.

Moving along, the album blares with emotive rock that twists with pure, melodic sounds and turns with contagious beats and rhythms. Indeed, there’s something highly infectious with a number like their eerily beautiful single, “Starlit City”, so it’s little wonder why Capital has brought an omnipresent power to my ears.

As an added bonus, fans of new wave/post-punk Brit bands will take heart in such songs as “Your Love Is Like A Radio” that shows vocalist Nick Webb demonstrating a likeness to legendary singer Robert Smith from The Cure.

Meanwhile the moody, epic song of” Mirage” tinges on the synth sounds of Depeche Mode and combines some rather brilliant U2-esque riffs to create an explosion of grandiose noise.

The authenticity of this band make it that much more difficult to classify them into a genre. Sure, labeling them into the pit of the indie rock band /poor man’s Radiohead or Coldplay or perhaps even Thirteen Senses, would be easy to do, but it certainly wouldn’t give justice to this relatively obscure band who have let listeners have their latest work for free (!).

So there you have it, genuine, non-phony bands who show demonstrate a great deal of artistic freedom and capability.

If we lived in back in that day when buying physical albums was still the norm, well then I’d reserve some money just to get my hands on this nifty piece of work.

Finally, there’s a right time to invest some money in Capital. Yes, that was a horrible pun, but I’ve made my point. Support this band.

You can download the whole album for free from Bandcamp now.

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One Response

12:01 am
5th August 2010

Great album guys , so much depth in the songwriting here..! could easily see them in the same field as an arcade fire, killers one day , join them on facebook

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