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Beyond this point, the album doesn’t recover. With tracks ranging from uninspired (“My Shadow and I,” “First Day in Hell”) to awkward and imbalanced (“Dreams of Retribution,” “A Fight I Must Win”), none of the remaining songs escape the clutches of mediocrity.
Even the riffs have a high amount of ‘I’ve heard this somewhere before,’ and I spend as much time trying to figure out what each track reminds me of as I do listening to the music. When an album constantly makes you think of other, better artists, it’s a demonstration that inspiration is truly threadbare for Arch Enemy.
“Reason to Believe” signals the end of the decent songs on Power, with an uneven track that is half true ballad, half power-ballad, and feels forced and out of balance throughout.Part of the blame lies in the awkward, cliche-riddled lyrics that permeate the album, even songs that are otherwise not offensive to the ear, such as “Blood in the Water” (‘There’s blood in the water, there’s fear in the air, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.)
The term pop metal is often used and abused for a wide range of symptoms, like overly slick and loud production, misuse of electronic elements, simplistic songwriting that focuses on choruses and forgets the rest, and centering on the vocalist without regard for the rest of the band. In one way or another, modern Arch Enemy fits all the above points. Their sole saving graces are some catchy melodies and bloody good guitarwork, but the overall impression remains that of a band more concerned with imagery and reputation than simply making good music. An album from a band this big shouldn’t sound this much like an uninspired mish-mash.