Today is the day – My Enemies & I’s debut full-length album The Beast Inside is out NOW! Earlier in the week Babetalk released a review of the three tracks ME&I had released as teasers for the long awaited record – “Perfect”, “Riot” & “The Game” – now we can finally share our thoughts on the record as a whole.
The album starts with “Perfect”, which is honestly a brilliant move because it has such a cinematic opening feel. The song feels like it should have been featured on the soundtrack for the movie The Covenant [side note: brilliant movie go check that out]. It gets you hyped without over doing it – you’re not burned out and bored by the end of the record.
Going into “Funeral Party”, the intro is similar to that of “Perfect” but not painfully so – you can still tell the difference between the 2 tracks, especially once the song picks up.
I’m honestly curious if My Enemies & I are fans of WWE because a few of their songs have a familiarity about them. My mind often goes to a few of the wrestlers’ intros or the music they use in between fights – and this is not to say they’ve copied anything from WWE; it’s just to say you can hear the influence it’s had on the melody and music of some of the songs. Musical influence comes with producing music but what My Enemies & I have done is actually quite brilliant – they allow themselves to have a familiarity, yes, but [most importantly] they allow themselves to have an originality and uniqueness to their songs.
Which brings me to the track “Lobotomy” – holy Goddamn. I don’t know if this is my favorite song off the record [mostly because my favorite keeps changing as I dive deeper into the album]. “Lobotomy” is like the love child of Death Cab For Cutie & Three Days Grace with Papa Roach as its God Father – just brilliant, that’s all I have to say about it.
I wouldn’t feel right about this album review if I didn’t touch on the title track “The Beast Inside”. Placed at the middle of the record – a rock track with a somewhat calming feel to it. This isn’t a negative by any means. You have this high energy, amped up album taking you on a roller coaster of emotions. The mix of the hard riffs and [almost] a ballad finish makes for a gorgeous track.
The album picks back up for its finishing track “Yes–Man” – a harder song for sure but it has this eerie, unsettling….sound…that follows the music and lyrics through its nearly 4 minute run time. I’m listening waiting for Jason Voorhees & Michael Myers to come back me into a corner only to find myself backing into Freddy Kruger. Having this be the final track leaves the listener feeling so uneasy – but shit, My Enemies & I have already made me feel a ton of others emotions why not leave me questioning my existence?
Join me in sharing these feelings, won’t you? You can get The Beast Inside now on all the usual platforms [ITunes, Spotify] or you can actually go outside and pick up a physical copy because that’s honestly still the best way to listen to anything.
- Funeral Party
- Save Your Breath
- The Game
- Black Sheep
- The Beast Inside
- Learn To Love
Last modified: November 3, 2017