Album Review: The Flatliners – “Dead Language”

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The Flatliners have come a long way since their ska days of Destroy to Create. Both the band and their sound have matured significantly, and they’ve managed to make quite a name for themselves, despite having only released a total of four full lengths and a handful of EP’s and 7 inches. Their latest album, Dead Language, is thankfully a far cry from the band’s early years, but not enough of a departure from the more recent Cavalcade or even The Great Awake to allow it to stand on its own.

Dead Language kicks off on a high note with the album’s title track, but disappointingly descends from that point forth. Like nearly all of the Flatliner’s albums, Dead Language seems to blow its proverbial wad at the onset; descending thereafter with only scattered highlights. The title track itself is impressive; replete with the intensity and galloping beat seemingly absent from the remainder of the album.

“Dead Language” segues into a poppier little ditty by the name of “Bury Me,” which keeps a similar pace to the first track; but then embarks upon an entirely different direction with “Birds of England”… after which the album becomes a mundane mix of songs more reminiscent of pop rock than punk.

Vocalist and guitarist Chris Cresswell’s singing capability has never been brilliant, by any means, but adequate for punk rock. On Dead Language, however, there’s this persistent and nagging feeling of Cresswell overcompensating to make up for what are glaringly obvious vocal shortcomings: listen to “Caskets Full” for evidence.

“Quitters” harks back to the initial title track in terms of pace and tempo, but sub-par vocals drown any opportunity for the song to shine.

Closing Dead Language out with “Young Professionals” and “Brilliant Resillience”, it appears as though the band was making a futile attempt to recapture the vibe of the album seemingly unleashed at the onset, yet after enduring the “meat” of Dead Language, it proves too little, too late.

2/5 Stars



9 Comments

  1. venomoushipster
    Carson Winter9/22/2013 11:45 PM | Permalink

    Never got the love this band gets. Glad to see an honest review.

  2. the-sad-stork
    Steve Bourdeau9/23/2013 6:58 PM | Permalink

    Relative to a lot of the very–and I mean very–ordinary punk records that get released all the time, I find the rating somewhat harsh. The write-up is fair, honest, and even courageous considering how anticipated that album was and especially considering how favorable the reviews are across the board, but 2 out of 5, which translates to 40% (not even close to a passing mark if it were an exam ;-) ) makes me wonder what kind of rating records by less talented bands would get. Anyway, I find the album has more redeeming qualities than the reviewer lets on, but that’s the beauty of reviewing.

  3. nicnitro17
    Nicolas Girardin11/5/2013 12:10 PM | Permalink

    Amazing album in my opinion.

  4. angusturtle
    AngusTurtle1/9/2014 8:24 PM | Permalink

    Probably my favourite album of 2013. It grows on you every time you listen to it.

  5. daryllee
    DarylLee3/16/2016 12:58 AM | Permalink

    great work

  6. whiteparker
    WhiteParker7/16/2016 12:16 AM | Permalink

    superb song

  7. ajayind
    ajayind7/16/2016 2:00 AM | Permalink

    nice work

  8. johnychamp
    JohnyChamp1/16/2017 12:36 AM | Permalink

    Awesome

  9. jackhomes
    jackhomes2/8/2017 1:33 AM | Permalink

    Unique but Music was good

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