InMe: Phoenix - The Best Of InMe

~ Thursday, 23 September 2010
This is a 'best of compilation' by English rock band InMe, from Brentwood, Essex. My first impression was why aren’t they massive by now? I was immediately won over despite never having heard them before. This album should be viewed less as a best of and more of an introduction to the band to win over new converts and after hearing Phoenix, they’ve a new fan in me.

Maybe the reason why they aren’t household names could be down to marketing. They shouldn’t be chasing the mainstream, just stick to the alternative indie scene and eventually the mainstream will, like they did with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, wake up and smell the coffee.

The songs sound fresh and current; it’s a cornucopia of rifferamma and great drumming but should be listened to in the context of alternative indie rock bands like Biffy Clyro and Pendulum and not poppier bands like Feeder. The opener Safe in a Room is heavy but melodic. We venture into the heavy rock spectrum with loads of intricacy and enough fills and riffs to keep the Kerrang fans happy but also, and more importantly enough angst, melancholy and indie sensibility which will please the NME fans. Myths and Photographs rocks out majestically. Bury Me Deep Beneath Your Skin, All Terrain Vehicle and Cracking the Whip sound like InMe could be massive in the States.

Who will love this? Fans of Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Bush, Staind, Pendulum and Baroness. Let’s hope that Phoenix; The Best of InMe helps relaunch them to their rightful berth and they rise from the flames. Sorry I promised myself I wouldn’t be that predictable with the phoenix from the flames analogy but there you go.

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Review by Charlie Brown