Label: 14th Floor Records
The Scottish trio goes huge on their sixth release, offering both a single and double album. This here is the condensed version, still a bounty of crunchy riffs and odd time signatures ("Sounds Like Balloons," "Stingin' Belle"), over-the-top stadium anthems (the end of "Biblical" is taken straight from the Coldplay handbook), and over-the-top ballads ("Skylight," "The Thaw"), plus some mariachi horn on "Spanish Radio" and bagpipes on "Stingin' Belle." The lyrics cover the anguish of rock stardom, and every song feels like a life-altering battle either won or lost. Rock stars got it rough.