The British alternative rock music scene has been flourishing in years, and though many great new bands have managed to reach great heights in the spotlight shone upon them, others soon become unnoticed and fade off the radar a little. InMe are the latter, going strong since their first burst of exposure in 2002, their change of style soon steered them off back into the underground in 2007, and though in terms of mainstream success they’ve declined their musicianship and quality of artistry has soared.
Their 2010 Best Of compilation ‘Phoenix’ is a snapshot of just a small selection of their best pieces since 2002 ’til the present day, from their debut full-length ‘Overgrown Eden’ all the way to last year’s record ‘Herald Moth’, ranging from their more popular singles to album tracks that the band think are sheer brilliance.
Unlike a lot of Best Of and Greatest Hits compilations, ‘Phoenix’ isn’t ordered in chronological order to see how the band have progressed and changed over time, instead they’ve been jumbled in no other order than that which the band feels is most coherant and better as one collective. Thankfully it actually works, and helps to expose in equal measures all of their methods of music: their heavier and older works ‘Underdose’ and ‘Crushed In Fruit’, the slightly more mainstream and accessible ‘Faster The Chase’ and ‘Safe In A Room’, and the more progressive and thought-out technicality showings like ‘Myths And Photographs’ and ‘Single Of The Weak’. The technical alt rock four-piece have even chucked a few newbies in there for good measure too, including the acoustic and solemn guided ‘Thanks For Believing Me’ and the more hard hitting ‘Saccharine Arcadia’, proving that InMe are still yet to run out of ideas.
Even if you’ve already got their previous albums, ‘Phoenix’ is a great perspective on the workings of one of the best and most underrated British alt rock acts around today. Instead of following mainstream success InMe have steered clear from that path to perfect and tone their own artistry to great avail. This Best Of release is more than justified for the Essex-based four-piece.
Written by Zach Redrup