To say that this, the true follow up to 2007 debut ‘Rise Or Die Trying’ is one of the most anticipated releases of 2010 is more than just an understatement. After all, whilst last year’s cover album ‘Explains It All’ did its very best to hold off increasing excitement regarding the band’s sophomore release, ultimately, as fun as it was, it just didn’t have the same impact.
Rest assured that if ‘Explains It All’ was more about fun, ‘Enemy Of The World’ is all business. After a first playthrough tracks such as opener ‘It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now’ and the superb ‘Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)’ are immediate standouts; the former’s grab of “Don’t fix it if it hasn’t broken yet, don’t regret it if it hasn’t happened yet’ is audio heroin, whilst the latter is bursting with energy and the band’s trademark gang vocals.
Elsewhere ‘Nineteen With Neck Tatz’ provides the album’s most satisfying breakdown, ‘Find My Way Back’ offers up the album’s most poppy moment – reminiscent of New Found Glory, whilst What The Hell Is A Gigawatt’ could have easily been on ‘Rise Or Die Trying’. However, the only criticism is that perhaps towards the end, ‘Enemy Of The World’ runs out of the steam. Whilst ‘This Body Pays The Bill$’ and ‘Flannel Is The Colour Of My Energy’ bounce along nicely enough, they both lack that killer hook.
Regardless, ‘Enemy Of The World’ is a solid progression from their still impressive debut, that shows both growth in the band’s ability and their confidence. 2010’s first essential album, and with an appearance at this year’s Slam Dunk festival already booked, expect this year to be nothing but HUGE for Four Year Strong.