Summary : Tracks like ‘This Finger’s For You’ serve as a great example of just how slick and polished the ideas have grown and the collaboration between Richard Patrick, Jonny Radtke (guitars) and acclaimed producer, Bob Marlette works a sinister magic that’s delivered.
The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Release Date: Out Now
Review by Rodney Christian
You have to respect a band like FILTER, namely Richard Patrick, who has been on quite a journey to get to this point of his career. And what a point he’s reached! The new album, ‘The Sun Comes Out Tonight’ is quite possibly FILTER’s most definitive moment yet! So much rock and so much roll. This gets my vote!
So, let’s discuss this album. Opening with the groove monster that’s ‘We Hate It When You Get What You Want’, which is hands down the bands best opening track in a long while, slicing the senses with a musical scalpel and laying it out with modern edge cut with all the trimmings. Co-conspirator, Jonny Radtke really adds to this equation and before you can catch a breath, the single, ‘What Do You Say’ just throws a mean right hook and reeks of awesomeness, tipping a nod to the FILTER sound of old with something magical going on.
From here on in, it’s a journey of all FILTER has been and stirring amazing flavours into a melting pot and producing tracks worthy of a decent listen. The fusion of electronic/industrial elements with rock never gets tired and this album celebrates the fusion with a pro edge that works well on moments like the title track and throughout the entire record with the result being, FILTER never went away, they just evolved with greatness.
Tracks like ‘This Finger’s For You’ serve as a great example of just how slick and polished the ideas have grown and the collaboration between Richard Patrick, Jonny Radtke (guitars) and acclaimed producer, Bob Marlette works a sinister magic that’s delivered. The parallels between albums are there, but the evolved and refined sense brought into this new collaboration on tracks like ‘First You Break It’ show a real sense of groove and stripped back acoustics that could easily make this the bands next single.
Brooding tracks like ‘Take That Knife Out Of My Back’ play between light and dark so well, with its hypnotic bass tones, and Patrick singing with that restrained and memorable range, before launching into a very powerful chorus, that for me sits as one of the best tracks on the album. The shifts between light and dark are uncanny here.
The sombre moment reveals itself on ‘It’s My Time’, where Patrick really lets himself go on one of his deepest lyrical moments to date. The authenticity heard emotionally as he sings his confessional accompanied by piano, really hit home. Ending with ‘It’s Just You’, it brings a lighter end to a great album that personally I would’ve preferred on ‘It’s My Time’, but the album as whole is a real treat to listen to. Fans of the genre and FILTER will be most pleased. This is a 2013 highlight!