Four thirtysomethings who really ought to know better have managed to craft a near-perfect pop gem. ‘Energise’ stands out as one of the most uplifting, not to mention unexpected, musical achievements of 2005
Energise isn't burdened with any deadwood to speak of. It's a likeable listen from front to back with precious little need of the skip button. If the idea of undersung thirtysomethings making relevant guitar pop sounds highly illogical, then hear ‘Energise’ first. It's illogically good.
There's a real human and honest feel to this whole album, something that gets under your skin, whether you want it there or not. It's one small step for wry tongue-in-cheekiness, a giant leap for out-and-out good tunes
Enterprise-sized hooks, tunes as catchy as the best tractor beam.. but really, there isn't anything trekky about this album. The key is that Shatner really know their pop music. Most importantly, they don't care what's cool and what isn't - they probably don't even know. That level of detachment means they can make the songs they want. Sci-fi geekery never sounded so good.
Pop that covers a lot of ground - and they can really play
This is never going to be considered a cool and/or fashionable album but there are more important things such as melodies and lyrics that actually mean something. ‘Energise’ is a record worth checking out.
A waft of fresh air