Three years ago, PELICAN had the world at their feet. “Australasia” and “The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw” were, and still are, some of the best examples of Instrumental Post Metal you can find, captivating and beautiful, yet raw and driven at the same time, they pretty much threw PELICAN into the forefront of the scene. Unfortunately, since then, every release seems to have been less and less enthusiastic and impressive, and more and more... well, ordinary.
"What We All Come To Need” unfortunately, follows this trend.
From a technical standpoint, there's actually little wrong with “What We All Come To Need”. Like “Australasia” or “The Fire In Our Throats...” it traverses between Metal riffs and structures and Post Rock melodies and soundscapes, but unlike their two best albums, “What We All Come To Need” just comes across as uninspired. While the occasional riff pops up that really seems to rock, the majority are bland, and while the occasional quieter section really creates a beautiful atmosphere, the majority are just plain uninteresting.
PELICAN can still play their instruments, hell, they can still write great riffs and create some beautiful melodies. But they seem to have simply lost their edge, as sad as it is. “What We All Come To Need” is simply more filler than it is killer which wasn't an issue before, and as much as the band will probably hate me for constantly comparing it to their earlier works, it's impossible not to.
There's nothing terrible about “What We All Come To Need”, it's just simply ordinary, and while there are a few standout moments that might remind you of their prime, the rest of it is simply uninspired, and even with such a talented band this doesn't come across as much of a surprise.
(Online February 16, 2010)