First: catchy album title, there.Relapse, 2016
6.8 / 10
There’s no getting around the elephant in the room, the reason why our attention has turned to S U R V I V E in the first place: what kind of music does the entire band make when half of them aren’t soundtracking the hottest show of 2016? Turns out there’s not much difference between the mood setters of Stranger Things and the mood setters on the band’s proper records, if their latest is any indication. RR7349 comes across like the synth-filled soundtrack of a pop-scare filled 80s endeavor that never saw the light of day, and while there are a few tracks here whose propulsive tendencies make up for their lack of innovation (“Copter”), most of it settles for just being pretty neat. Music like this demands visuals to give it context.