Spitalfield - Better Than Knowing Where You Are (Cover Artwork)


Better Than Knowing Where You Are (2006)


Spitalfield broke through more or less with the energetic and charismatic Remember Right Now. The album was filled with hooks and was a rather fun and catchy pop-punk release. They followed it up with Stop Doing Bad Things, which traded in the charm and fun for a matured, indie approach to the pop-punk sound. On Better Than Knowing Where You Are, Spitalfield take the few aspects that worked on their previous release and mix in some of the hooks of their debut, while still progressing as musicians with stronger song structures and better musicianship.

"The Only Thing that Matters" showcases a strong start loaded with an upbeat, mature rock opening that gives way to an extremely catchy chorus. "On the Floor" shows that Spitalfield has finally gotten it all together, as the played out and monotonous sound of Stop Doing Bad Things has been completely re-worked and fails to shun their older pop-punk influences as often here. "Secrets in Mirrors" comes out pumping with an anthem-inducing drum line and gives way to some solid riffing, atmospheric verses, and a well written and memorable chorus that ties it all together.

"Hold On" is the best example that Spitalfield have improved as a musical unit since Stop Doing Bad Things. A majority of the time, when bands like these slow it down they lose everything that makes them special. However, Spitalfield finally have the talent to craft a slow song that won't lull the listener to sleep. "Lasting First Impression" is a gritty pop-punk song that will lodge itself into your brain and get your foot tapping along with the music; it's basically a summary of all the aspects that make up Better Than Knowing Where You Are and is a fine way to close the album.

Spitalfield established a solid fan base with their Victory debut and alienated some of their fans with the approach on Stop Doing Bad Things. On Better Than Knowing Where You Are they improved heavily off of Stop Doing Bad Things while bringing back some of their influences from their earlier days. The result is an entirely impressive album that is as good musically as it is catchy.