On lucky number thirteen, Ireland’s Therapy? are still doing what they do best… writing rock songs that are full of piss and vinegar and which are best served loud as fuck. Opener “Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing” and “Stark Raving Sane” are great examples of this and it’s nice to see that these veterans still go at it with the same kind of enthousiasm they had back in the days of “Teethgrinder”.
There is a more experimental streak as well that runs through the album. Like the instrumental and upbeat “Marlow”, the unpredictable and very noisy “The Buzzing” or “Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder”, which is the band’s interpretation of a dub song. It only adds more diversity to the album, always a good thing.
The best thing about “A Brief Crack Of Light” however is that Therapy? managed to maintain their trademark sound while throwing in some new elements at the same time, making it one of their best albums in their 20-year-long career. Kudos!