Reviewed by Mark Plummer
When looking at the brief for Creature of Curiosity, this should be an intriguing listen. It has all the right ingredients, recorded in an old and abandoned Victorian psychiatric hospital, scuzzy guitars, flamboyant vocals, swirling harmonies and apparently, nostalgic back to the 60s and 70s. Quite a brave stance to take that, if not followed through on, could lead to a lot of disappointment. Whilst opener Eyes Of The Island is certainly nostalgic, it’s more striking features are just how unimaginative and boring it is for an opening track, this so-called flare and flamboyance is missing.
Any hope of finding it on the next few tracks are in vain, with no defining features this is a lack lustre and less than original release. Milk may have a kick-ass bass line and the vocals do take a more prominent position in the mix, but it lacks any originality, if Muse took both Uprising and Knights Of Cydonia and got them to have a love child, this would be the result.
Three tracks in and whilst White Bone Rattle have produced three different tracks, all with a definite “scuzzyness” to them, this is the only thing that has held true from a rather ambitious bio. Miss Mist is almost three minutes of monotonous boredom that needs to have some explosion of variety, but gives out nothing of the sort, whilst title track Creature of Curiosity seems to take the example of repetitive monotony one step further.
It’s not all doom and gloom, there’s certainly a resurgence of hope with The Green Hour which seems to anchor itself as a tribute to Brand New’s last work onDaisy. It’s without a doubt one of the better tracks but there’s a struggle to get there given the start of the album and when it’s finally heard, it’s with a certain feeling of relief mixed with bemusement, why has this wait had to be so long? There’s definite strength on the album and it would only be fair to mention and merit it, but it’s tarnished by a lack of originality and the hardship it takes to get there, it’s just not distinct enough to be remembered.
Whilst each track feels different when you make the effort to listen closely, that’s the problem, it’s too hard to pick out any distinction on the surface, essentially this is eleven tracks of filler music with nothing in-between, maybe with the exception of Milk and The Green Hour. If you can make it through the first half of the album, then the second is certainly an improvement, but the likely hood of that happening is pretty slim, so download a couple of songs but leave it at that and save those hard-earned pennies.
2 out of 5