Something I have pondered about lately is the ultimate essence of music and what truly makes an immortal album.
Is it the catchy singalong choruses and sleek pop sensibility or the multiple layers of art music that letís you find textures and gimmicks even after 2000 listens?
Naturally this is useless pondering as there are no universal answers due to the subjective nature of musical preferences, but I will say this: Sometimes itís just bliss to kick off the experimentalism and avantgarde to enjoy an album full of well written, easy flowing music.
This is where "Fear of a Unique Identity" comes into the picture.
The fifth album by british alternative rockers Antimatter is a collection of well written, pop-sensible tracks that really grow on you for every listen.
Even though the music is well flowing and catchy, it still features tons of small tricks and experimental elements that lift the material above your average pop-rock album.
At places the electronic sounds remind me of Paradise Lostís legendary album "Host", but Antimatter has by no means stooped to plagiarizing their countrymen, merely they seem to aspire inspiration from the same source as their peers over a decade before.
As said the music is very catchy and particularly part of the choruses stick to the mind so hard it hurts.
Still for me the highpoint is the track "Here come the men" that captures with itís Johnny Cash-esque approach and simple guitar picking lead. The mellow sounds are underlined by subtle layers while the guitar and voice lead you from beginning to end.
The principal of the matter is that "Fear of a Unique Identity" doesnít bring anything exceptional to the game, but the fact that the music is catchy, good, well written and above all brutally honest makes the whole so much more valuable.