Filter’s first new record in three years is a solid release for the band. Having undergone numerous lineup changes and seemingly almost as many label changes, this new record is a testament to the band’s ability to keep going and making music. So many lesser bands would have already folded long before. But Filter has taken the road less travelled and crafted what is arguably one of its best records to date in The Sun Comes Out Tonight. The record largely keeps the energy flowing from start to finish, holding back only a small handful of times. The times that the band holds back are so spread out that even when they do make themselves known, it luckily doesn’t take anything away from the rest of the album’s songs.
The energy starts flowing right from the album’s opener, ‘We Hate It When You Get What You Want.’ This slightly techno-infused song will take long-time audiences back to the days of the band’s 1995 debut record, Short Bus all while sounding quite a bit like Linkin Park. There are those that might consider such a comparison to be musical heresy of sorts. But if one hadn’t known that this was Filter, it would have been rather easy to think it was the latter of the two. This isn’t such a bad thing though. The song’s energy and front man Richard Patrick leads the onslaught, while drummer Jeff Friedl, guitarist Jonathan Radtke and bassist Phil Buckman come together to make a song that is a proper opener. The drive of the guitar and drums make this song an obvious hit both on the record and in a live setting. It would be easy to see any live audience taking in the song, fists high in the air, voices raised, singing along together. Being that this is the first impression for the band since its last release three years ago, it is an excellent first impression for the band in its return.
The album’s next song, ‘What Do You Say’ takes over at the end of the LP’s opener and keeps the energy flowing at top level. And just as with the album’s opener, it’s just as certain to have live audiences singing along and pumping their fists along as Patrick sings, “Hey, hey what do you say/It doesn’t really matter/Cause it’s all the same/Hey, hey what do you say/They’re just gonna blame us anyway.” Lyrically, this song comes across in a slightly cryptic manner. The really good thing about it though is that it isn’t just one of so many countless songs about one’s relationship issues. And the equally powerful hooks and choruses make the song even better and another sure bet to be a fan hit.
The energy kicked up by the album’s first pair of songs pulls back just slightly in its third song, ‘Surprise.’ That pullback is only momentary, as the energy kicks back into high gear in the album’s rather electronica infused semi-title track, ‘What The Sun Come Out Tonight.’ And it doesn’t let up from there until the band gets just past its halfway mark in ‘First You Break It.’ Again, that reduced presence is only temporary as the band once again sheds its softer sound in favor of something with more kick in ‘Burn It’ and ‘Take That Knife Out Of My Back.’ By the time listeners reach the album’s final pair of songs, which is definitely the album’s calmest, they will be left almost breathless thanks to the musical rollercoaster on which they have been taken over the course of the album’s previous ten songs. By the time the last notes of ‘It’s Just You’ fade away, listeners will know that they have just experienced one more album that is more than deserving of being added to the ever growing list of the year’s best rock records.
Audiences will have the chance to experience the music from this brand new album as Filter will be hitting the road beginning next Thursday, April 18th in support of it. The band will perform at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO that day. Filter’s North Carolina based fans will also get the chance to experience the band’s new music live as the band will make not one but two stops in North Carolina on its tour. The first of the band’s NC dates will be at the Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, May 31st. The band’s second NC date is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd at the Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fans can get a full listing of tour dates from the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Filter. Fans can also go to the band’s Facebook page to pre-order the album, which is due out June 4th.
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