Stop the presses and hold the phone; album number eight from Coheed & Cambria will NOT continue the epic Amory Wars saga. That’s right, this diligent New York four-piece are putting their complex sci-fi chronicle on hold in order to create a non-conceptive LP. Then again, who can blame them? Did you see what they created with ‘The Aftermath’ double album? It makes sense to take a break from things following such a mammoth endeavour.
So, now that The Amory War blinders are off and C&C are completely lyrically untethered, surely they’re free to explore all sorts of bold, new musical horizons. Could this mean that ‘The Color Before The Sun’ is their most inventive and exciting album yet? Nope, it’s more of the same, but with slightly better production values.
Let’s be clear on this – maintaining their current level of musical craftsman is an impressive feat given just how talented the band are. However, the similarity to past releases feels like they either just churned out this album whilst on cruise control, or are just so used to the sound of The Amory Wars that they don’t quite know how to do anything else. Either option indicates that C&C have currently plateaued in their creativity.
Whilst all of the tracks on ‘The Color Before The Sun’ are all well-written, stunningly performed, and genuinely great songs, by C&C standards most are just filler, doomed to be adored by the die-hards only and rarely gracing the live show setlists. There are a handful of noteworthy tracks that warrant a listen though, such as album opener ‘Island’, lead single ‘You Got Spirit, Kid’, and especially so with ‘The Audience’, which packs the classic C&C punch of yeasteryear.
While ‘The Color Before The Sun’ is certainly no ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV…’, it’s still an entertaining, serviceable album. The fans will love it as it’s more of the same (though it may piss off the die-hards due to the lack of The Amory Wars saga), and the rock fans will easily get a kick out of a couple of tracks.
Written by Andy Roberts (@Sassensquatch)