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Artist: Enemies
Label: Topshelf Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 December 2016

Enemies release their third and final album, Valuables, via Topshelf Records. The album documents a turbulent time for the band - intensive writing, recording and touring, coupled with a lack of shared vision, led to a decision that harmony in ending is ultimately more valuable than discord in continuing...

Enemies are an experimental/indie-rock four-piece from Kilcoole, Ireland, who have spent almost a decade writing, recording and producing their own records. Their third and final album, Valuables, opens with the upbeat '90s feel of 'Itsallwaves'. It starts the LP off on a positive vibe, one that never really lets up until all 9 songs (38 min, 19 sec) are up.

It's an interesting album, with a number of instantly accessible tracks. However, for me, there was nothing here that really begged to be added to my playlist; no stand out moment that you'll want to revisit in weeks, months or years to come.

It could be the friction in the band, that led to their inevitable break up, that's the reason but overall, while I did enjoy the album, it's one that I'll instantly forget about once I've finished reviewing it.

For the here and now this is a nice distraction, just don't expect to get much future listening pleasure from it.


Nick Smithson

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