Lostprophets’ third album may be a step back compared to their previous release Start Something . Like Last Train Home was the hit single for Start Something , it’s clear that the first single on this album to be pushed will be Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast) . Sounding very similar to Last Train Home, Rooftops only lacks the screamo tendencies that were popularized on Start Something .
It’s clear that there have been changes in the bands lineup by the way the music seems to have been calmed down. Drummer Mike Chiplin departed in 2005 and drum veteran Josh Freese ( A Perfect Circle , The Vandals) took his place. With the lack of crunching grunge-meets-screamo vocals and guitars, and increase in softer melodies, this album is sure to gain more respect from fans outside of the Linkin Park , Hoobastank, Incubus family. The only thing that is uncertain is if Lostprophets will lose many of their previous fans.
With a very established empowering theme, this album doesn’t have to be loud to get its point across. Many songs lean towards the tragedies of war, and the red, black and white silhouette that is personified through the music and album cover only compliment the prevalent military theme. It seems more that vocals are being sung out in disbelief and dismay over everyday life’s troubles. There isn’t much fighting music here, but music that seems to have admitted defeat to the negative aspects of everyday life.
release date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006