Madness Deluxe Review

For Fans Of: Memphis May Fire, Pierce the Veil, For All We Know

Track listing:

  1. Kick Me
  2. Go Go Go
  3. Gold
  4. Save Me A Spark
  5. Fly
  6. The Strays
  7. Left Alone
  8. Better Off Dead
  9. We Like It Loud
  10. Heroine
  11. November
  12. Madness
  13. Don’t Say Anything
  14. Parasites
  15. 2 Chord

Sleeping With Sirens could well have gone and written the next big album for rock fans. Kellin’s (Quinn, vocals) delicate tenor is certainly one of SWS’ greatest assets and sets them out from the ever-growing list of pop-rock bands. It’s clear John Feldmann (producer) has been working closely with the band to reinvent their old sound around Quinn’s unique characteristics to create a modern, pop-rock album. Full to the brim with anthem-like choruses and empowering, relatable and emotional lyrics, Madness has Sleeping With Sirens written all over it.

There is certainly a wide variety of sounds on the bands fourth full-length album. ‘Kick Me’, the first single to be taken from the album, was released last November and is their answer to their growing fame and anyone who has shown anger or jealousy towards the band. Along with ‘Go Go Go’ and ‘Parasites’, ‘Kick Me’ has remnants of SWS’ old sound with the spiky guitar riffs, hyperactive tone and almost irritatingly catchy choruses.

Not all of the album is as fast paced as the opening tracks though, with songs like ‘Fly’ offering a rhythmic alternative to the post-harcore belters ‘We Like It Loud’ and ‘Better Off Dead’. ‘The Strays’ is definitely a track that stands out on the album. It almost sounds like a folk-infused pop song with the acoustic guitar, impeccable vocal melodies and a glockenspiel. It is oddly reminiscent of Jonsi in a way that only Sleeping With Sirens could pull off.

However, the title track is sparse and perhaps a little disappointing for it to be the title track and ‘Gold’ doesn’t appear to have quite as much depth or passion as some of the other songs but with tracks such as ‘November’, which is absolutely stunning, and ‘Heroine’, it’s easy to forgive them.

This record is one that calls out to anyone who has ever been told they’ll never amount to anything. With a positive message throughout, it has something on offer for everyone and will inevitably bring the quintet from Florida a lot of new fans. Make sure you listen to the album and let me know what you think.

Favourite Tracks:

  • Kick Me
  • Better Off Dead
  • November
  • Save Me A Spark
  • Parasites

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