Label: So Recordings
Having released their last album ‘Nothing is True, Everything is Possible’ in 2020, Enter Shikari were left feeling as though they “ceased to exist” as lockdown after lockdown swallowed them up and they didn’t write a single note together for two years, the longest stretch in their twenty years together.
Fast forward a couple of years, a headline slot at Download Festival and an explosion back into the live scene, Enter Shikari are very much alive and have uncorked all the feelings they have bottled up and put them on record with ‘A Kiss for the Whole World’.
Recorded entirely using solar power, you can hear each drop of solar energy explode in the opening title track, heralded in by a chorus of trumpets. Sounding like a band with renewed purpose, the positive energy radiates and carries through to lead single ‘(pls) set me on fire’ which sounds celebratory in its glorious chorus.
You can hear hints of other genre pushers such as Pendulum in the monsterous ‘Jailbreak’ and Prodigy in the trance intro to ‘Bloodshot’ which has a chorus that pairs Rou’s knack for vocal melody with a backing that begs to see massive crowds bouncing as one.
Enter Shikari’s penchant for taking a sideways step is on offer with ‘Deadwood’ with its simple orchestral backing for the front half until the beautifully grand back section which will hit you straight in the heart.
Although ‘A Kiss for the Whole World’ arguably feels like Enter Shikari’s most straightforward work since ‘The Mindsweep’, there is plenty here to grab your attention and keep it there as they twist and blend genres as well as they ever have.
‘A Kiss for the Whole World’ is a record for fans and newcomers alike that is bursting at the seams with energy and positivity.