BY Andrew Hunter
All Things Under Heaven
A dark twisted tale of American culture, aggressive, layered and a tough listen at times but well worth the rewards if you stick with it. As I said not the most accessible album The Icarus Line have every made, but sonically it sounds so great, in certain songs like “Total Pandemonium” it could be the soundtrack to nightmares, you could imagine it on an intro to some kind of post apocalyptic vista like Mad Max. The music paints a powerful image. It still has that very punk rock sensibility that first made me get into The Icarus Line, but it still has the feeling of The Stooges over it which is why I like them, but the ablum moves in new direction an explores other areas without losing its soul at the sametime. The lyrics seem to get more personal and powerful on All Things Under Heaven howling, screaming and casually serenade mixed throughout. But this album seems more experimental too not just punk aggression. “El Sereno” has elements of Nick Cave and The Bad seeds in it and is slowed down, with organ, it just stands out as one of my favourites. All Things Under Heaven also features Warren Ellis of The Bad seeds/Grinderman fame which might have a bit to do with it, he helped write the track “Bedlam Blue” a more acoustic trippy track, that slows everything down.
The album's sound takes the band in a new direction and it comments on aspects and views of the world we live in, with it's barbed comments on culture, politics and the day to day of things. It's a big bold statement, saying things that other bands would never say now, it’s brash, brazen and doesn't hold back in anyway. Kinda refreshing really ….