The Spark
Enter Shikari - The Spark
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #525 / 669
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
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The Independent

The Spark is Enter Shikari’s most eclectic and accomplished album to date.


Finding his sporadic panic attacks ... worsening as Brexit, terrorism, austerity, the dismantling of the NHS and Trump’s rule-by-toddler-tweet ramped up, Reynolds honed in on his personal political anguish for Shikari’s fifth album. And it’s a focus that’s helped the record become, potentially, their Biffy Clyro-style crossover classic.

Drowned in Sound
The result is a brilliant, imperfect record that affects you in ways Enter Shikari never have before and subverts what the entire band is all about.

Undeniably, it's tempting to see The Spark as Shikari-lite, a poppy album which forsakes the sound and fury which made the boys so interesting in the first place. But making the same album twice is anathema here, and the sound of the band isolating the human element and expanding it into their most beautiful, focused work to date is a wonder to behold.

A nervy amalgam of the Streets, the Futureheads, Passion Pit, Everything Everything, Against Me!, and Bring Me the Horizon, Enter Shikari have delivered an album that bristles with the myriad tensions of 2017, from Brexit to Trump and everything in between, with mixed results.
The Guardian
Some will appreciate its ambition, others will balk at its commercial feel, but it marks a real and definite evolution nonetheless.
The 405

If you aren’t a fan, I doubt there’s much The Spark could do to convince you, and if you are a fan, I’m sorry.

Nov 14, 2017
Enter Shikari playing it safe is still enjoyable enough but for a band that has always been so intentionally unsafe, it’s hard not to feel conflicted. Hopefully a less demanding album is what the band needed to ready themselves for their next leap forward in ambition but for now The Spark will provide little new for longtime Enter Shikari fans to get excited about.
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Track List
  1. The Spark
  2. The Sights
  3. Live Outside
  4. Take My Country Back
  5. Airfield
  6. Rabble Rouser
  7. Shinrin-Yoku
  8. Undercover Agents
  9. The Revolt of the Atoms
  10. An Ode to Lost Jigsaw Pieces
  11. The Embers

Added on: August 2, 2017