"In Cold Blood" is a great mix of vocals and looping with some nice beat drops here and there. This is the first time I have felt intensity with the ever-so-often relaxed band. Right after "In Cold Blood", the band creates an interesting cover of "House of the Rising Sun". Their take on the classic hit is very quiet and lacks the rawness that The Animals gave their listeners. There are some interesting acoustic instrumentals, but the song never takes off. Oddly enough, the next hit on the track sounds more like The Animals than alt-J's cover of "House of the Rising Sun". "Hit Me Like That Snare" has a vampirish tone. It's like an Addams Family rendition of an old British song. Plain-old weird and kind of creepy.
The next three tracks of the album are somewhat boring, with similar concepts that have already been tested by alt-J in their previous discography. The ambience is dull with a few synthesized flourishes here and their. Nothing needs to be discussed for these tracks because nothing is too interesting. Fortunately, alt-J leaves listeners with a decent vibration in their ears. "Pleader" includes classical instruments with sweet strings and woodwinds. The track is a pleasurable finish, balancing between the creepier tone and delectable serenades.
Favorite Tracks: "In Cold Blood", "Pleader"
Least Favorite Tracks: "House of the Rising Sun", "Deadcrush", "Adeline"