Between the two tracks The Amity Affliction demonstrate a solid grasp of pop-music composition, and at times they come across as solidly pop-punk – with all the pros and cons that descriptor carries.  Throughout the album the lyrics skirt the edges of banality, as with Nightmare which features the line “so you’re living in a nightmare/well I’m living in one too”, but manage to balance cliché with insight and poignancy, as when the previous line is followed by “trying to prevent the storm bearing down on you”.  The best example of the keen, poetical twist The Amity Affliction is capable of is the line “as our eyes become wells” from This Could Be Heartbreak – every time that line landed its emotional blow with expert precision.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 12th August 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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