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Catfish and the Bottlemen- The Balance- Album review

The new album 'The Balance' from Catfish And The Bottlemen has been much anticipated on the indie scene the last few months. The Welsh 4 piece have just released their 3rd studio album and its safe to say it has been very controversial. The band began by releasing 3 singles from the album, starting with longshot - their first single to be in the UK big top 40, reaching number 25 and people seemed to enjoy it a lot, many claiming it was 'Catfishes best song'. longshot was then joined by the second single 'fluctuate' which people also seemed very impressed by, then the final single before the album was released and the Catfish and the bottlemen side of stan twitter went into a frenzy, its a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. personally, 2all is one of my favourite songs on the album but, when you hear the album it's not hard to like a song that isn't too great.

The album was a disappointment for a lot of fans, people taking to Twitter to express how they felt about it almost instantly. It would be an understatement to say people were disappointed; with great tracks released as singles fans believed the album would be amazing, it was far from it. A majority of the tracks sounded the same and it was difficult to tell when one song changed to the next - that's how close the songs sounded to each other. nothing against Catfish but this album really wasn't a strong point for them and I think people who are looking to start listening to the band would really not find anything spectacular and life-changing in this album and has nothing on their debut album 'The Balcony' which was a brilliant release by the boys but both newer albums haven't really changed up their sound and sound kind of the same.

I really hope the new album grows on me and a lot of other fans as I really enjoyed the singles and I think we were just a bit let down when the album sounded nearly identical not only throughout the current album but also to the previous two albums. The new album 'The Balance' from Catfish And The Bottlemen has been much anticipated on the indie scene the last few months. The Welsh 4 piece have just released their 3rd studio album and its safe to say it has been very controversial.  The band began by releasing 3 singles from the album, starting with longshot - their first single to be in the UK big top 40, reaching number 25 and people seemed to enjoy it a lot, many claiming it was 'Catfishes best song'. longshot was then joined by the second single 'fluctuate' which people also seemed very impressed by, then the final single before the album was released and the Catfish and the bottlemen side of stan twitter went into a frenzy, its a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. personally, 2all is one of my favourite songs on the album but, when you hear the album it's not hard to like a song that isn't too great.  The album was a disappointment for a lot of fans, people taking to Twitter to express how they felt about it almost instantly. its an understatement to say people were disappointed; with great tracks released as singles fans believed the album would be amazing, it was far from it.  A majority of the tracks sounded the same and it was difficult to tell when one song changed to the next - that's how close the songs sounded to each other. nothing against Catfish but this album really wasn't a strong point for them and I think people who are looking to start listening to the band would really not find anything spectacular and life-changing in this album and has nothing on their debut album 'The Balcony' which was a brilliant release by the boys but both newer albums haven't really changed up their sound and sound kind of the same.  I really hope the new album grows on me and a lot of other fans as I really enjoyed the singles and I think we were just a bit let down when the album sounded nearly identical not only throughout the current album but also to the previous two albums.


Words by Maisie