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InMe – Phoenix: The Very Best of InMe

September 4, 2010 by  

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InMe – Phoenix: The Very Best of InMe

ALBUM: Phoenix: The Very Best of InMe
DATE: 27September2010

LABEL: Graphite Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: A forgivably flawed career recap.

LOCATION: Essex, England.

LINE UP: Dave McPherson (vocals, guitar), Gazz Marlow (guitar), Greg McPherson (bass), Simon Taylor (drums)


WHAT’S THE STORY?: InMe have endured a tumultuous musical career that has seen ups and downs in equal measure, and `Phoenix’ chronicles the band’s history adequately, as it’s an enjoyable but inconsistent collection of alternative rock music from their four albums.

The album’s opening track, `Safe in a Room’ makes for affable listening and represents the desired equilibrium of melody and aggression.

However, Nova Armada illustrates InMe’s musical discrepancies. The track is taken from a later album than the opener and this fact is clearly evidenced with the inclusion of feeble breakdowns. Heavy song sections can add notable intensity to a track, but here it merely appears forced and disjointed.

InMe flourish when they focus on accessible hard rock, and `Faster The Chase’ contains all the ingredients to form a rock anthem. It is littered with scintillating melodies and radio-friendly guitar riffs, leaving the listener with its chorus engrained in their head.

The titles `Firefly’, `Underdose’ and `Crushed Like Fruit’ should strike a chord with any rock fans that wore baggy jeans and were labelled `moshers’ by local delinquents in the early millennium. Those years also marked the most prosperous era of InMe’s existence, thanks to the success of their debut album, `Overgrown Eden’. Through the years, these hits have retained elements of their appeal, though it is only `Underdose’ that remains as an exceptional track.

`Chamber’ constitutes a different approach, existing as a melancholy track that threatens to overflow into an emotive ballad, yet never does.

`Saccharine Arcadia’ is new song that marries metal-core with InMe’s trademark melodies. The screams and breakdowns aren’t necessarily inventive and can be interpreted as slightly contrived. Nevertheless, it’s a passable track for advocates of music situated at the heavier end of the genre spectrum.

There are two other previously unreleased tracks: “Bury Me Deep Beneath Your Skin” and “Thank You For Believing Me”. The former has similar elements to `Saccharine Arcadia’, but is comparatively less memorable. On the other hand, `Thank You For Believing Me’ is an enjoyable acoustic song that prioritises ideology over heaviness. I doubt that InMe will permanently substitute their Fenders for acoustic guitars any time soon, though it is pleasing to hear experimentation.

`Phoenix’ is far from a quintessential greatest hits album, but it does testify that InMe still have potential and `Overgown Eden’ shouldn’t be viewed as their one lauded release.

SOUNDS LIKE: An assortment of genres: ranging from grunge in the style of The Smashing Pumpkins, to melodic metal.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: `Overgown Eden’ dominated your stereo in 2003, and you want to check that the album wasn’t InMe’s one-hit wonder.


Submitted By ASmith



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