Facing The Enemy
The Enemyâ€šÃ„Ã´s Weâ€šÃ„Ã´ll Live and Die in These Towns can be described as a sweet folk-punk cake iced and filled with punk revival frosting. Yet while The Enemy do both genres well, the two styles donâ€šÃ„Ã´t mesh on this sonically inconsistent album. Opening track â€šÃ„ÃºAggro,â€šÃ„Ã¹ with its driving, playful drum beat and cynical lyrics, is reminiscent of early Green Day. Conversely, later tracks like â€šÃ„ÃºHad Enoughâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are new wave dance songs and would be appropriate in hip bars. â€šÃ„ÃºWeâ€šÃ„Ã´ll Live and Die in These Townsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is an anthemic folk-pop number, as is â€šÃ„ÃºThis Song,â€šÃ„Ã¹ which also uses sweet melodies nicely contrasted with bitter lyrics about â€šÃ„Ãºthe kids who you grew up with [who] were pushinâ€šÃ„Ã´ prams by the time that they were just 16â€šÃ„Ã¹ to show off a softer musical side of The Enemy. â€šÃ„ÃºThis Songâ€šÃ„Ã¹ gets bonus points for referencing Elton John purposefully and gleefully.
The Enemy draw influence from fantastic artists but they would be best served by honing their own sound. If you like a wide range of sound from alternative punk to indie pop, youâ€šÃ„Ã´ll probably enjoy The Enemyâ€šÃ„Ã´s Weâ€šÃ„Ã´ll Live and Die in These Towns. For optimal enjoyment, stick this on an mp3 player and shuffle it with other songs to avoid the bizarre punk-and-folk-punk layered effect the album possesses.