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Review: The Undivided - This New Day

Posted by Jeff the Fridge from Cardiff - Published on 25/07/2014 at 10:25
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The Undivided - This New Day

Drums are the most important part of a piece of music. As a drummer, I’m completely unbiased on my instrumental taste in music.

So I like music that has a really good drum part and a cracking bass. The majority of modern music, sadly does not share my opinion of the most glorious part of the song known as the bass line, so suffice to say I do not listen to a lot of modern music.

If you look at what radio stations I have possibly heard, though I use radio sparingly, you should see Absolute 90s and Nation. Basically, 1990s - early 2000s alternative rock is where my musical heart lies. What does this have to do with the LP This New Day by The Undivided you ask? Well, firstly, Rhyd Mason is a master on the drums, making my jealousy glands ooze wanting to be that good, and secondly, this is exactly the kind of music I yearn for.

Each of the 10 tracks on this CD has a unique feel, not unique when in comparison to other music, but each of the songs on the CD sounds noticeably different from the last, showing the diversity of the band. Thankfully, each of the variations of the songs is a blast to listen to. I’ve had to stop myself from toe tapping too loudly on the train and getting too into the guitar solos whilst walking down the street.

Inspirations from U2 and Manic Street Preachers are clear, as this CD is nothing hugely original. Some parts even sound near identical to other songs, leading to some mild confusion when you sing the wrong lyrics. Still, what it does, it does well. The similarities mean this fits right on to an exercise or jam out playlist, since it fits right into the style of other songs. The beat is fast paced, keeping the heart pumping as the songs transition smoothly from one to the other. The drums and guitar meld so perfectly together, you hardly notice how the vocalist Joe Disson is just speak-singing some of the words.  

I can’t choose a specific song as the highlight of the album, since all of them sound so good, but also because they all start to meld together after a few listens. This isn’t too much of a bad thing, because it allows you to slip into a music stupor with much more ease, and you can leave the songs on repeat whilst working and not notice that you’ve heard the same song five times already. From the titular song This New Day right to the end with Futures, this album is a joy to listen to all the way through, and is well worth the Amazon.co.uk price of admission of £6.90.

At best, the songs sound like they belong on the first few tracks of a Best of Modern Rock album from HMV, and when the songs aren’t quite as good, it still feels like one of the last tracks from a compilation CD found at the back of the rack with a ‘2 for 3’ sticker plastered on in That’s Entertainment. If you’re not a fan of this kind of music, The Undivided won’t sway you with this LP, but if you just need a bit more modern rock to get you through the day, their LP This New Day is well worth checking out.

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Commented 21 months ago - 28th July 2014 - 09:29am

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