The Spark

Enter Shikari - The Spark
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #536 / 817
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Based on 60 ratings
2017 Ratings: #724
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September 22, 2017 / Release Date
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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.

One of the most highly polished, eccentric, catchiest, emotional and infectious albums in Enter Shikari's discography. An album that you'll be spinning again and again, with earworms that'll stay in your head for days, and emotional tracks that will leave you moved for years and years.

Favorite Jams: Take My Country Back, The Revolt of the Atoms, An Ode to Lost Jigsaw Pieces

Lest Favorite: The Spark
For koala, as requested by rwn
Rec Tacks:
An Ode to Lost Jigsaw Pieces
The Sights; Airfield
This is quite an underrated album. Whether you like their new approach or not, Enter Shikari has proven that they can produce a risky album like The Spark.
Enter Shikari did 'the thing' on this album. They touched on the dreaded 'p' word; this is their 'pop' album (I use the phrase 'pop' very loosely here, but the internet would have you believe anything other than guitars tuned down to A is mainstream pop). And by God, does it pay off. This is their most coherent, confident, and captivating album yet. The songs are all incredibly catchy, with intensely honest lyrics, which sometimes are a little clumsy but in a charming manner. There is not a ... read more
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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
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Added on: August 2, 2017