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Filter The Trouble With Angels Album Review

11 August 2010 29 Comments

By: Darius

Do you want to legally download (yes, legally), Short Bus, Title Of Record, The Amalgamut, and Remixes For The Damned, as well as The Very Best Things (their greatest hits), head over to our free music page and scroll down to Filter. Thank us later.

Filter will be releasing their latest album The Trouble With Angels on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010, through Rocket Science Music. Richard Patrick, the creative genius behind Filter, told me last week when preparing for our exclusive interview that he was on the heels of “releasing the year’s defining rock record.” I typically receive such boastful and self-congratulatory praise with enormous cynicism but after listening to The Trouble With Angels multiple times over the weekend, I must say that the man is correct. The album is amazing. I thought it would be hard to create a body of work that competes with the sheer brilliance behind Title of Record or The Amalgamut, but Mr. Richard Patrick has done just that. The Trouble With Angels is going to make a hell of a lot of noise this year as it challenges the rock world as a rightful contender for record of the year. It is that damn good.

The album opens with the first single “The Inevitable Relapse” which serves as the ultimate statement that Filter is back in a huge way. This song harkens back to the Filter of old; the heavy riffs and provocative lyrics that put the band on the map with songs like “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Dose”.

I encourage everyone to blast that song right now. Feel like you can take on the entire Delta Force by yourself? Ya, well just wait until you get to the second track, “Drug Boy” and then “Absentee Father”. And after that you get hit with “No Love”. Pure insanity! This record just pummels your eardrums with some of the best showcases of brutal rhythms and screams, coupled with intelligent and thoughtful lyricism that I haven’t heard in years. It is abundantly evident that Richard Patrick put everything he had into The Trouble With Angels.

Track 5 is where things finally slow down a notch, but not to anyone’s disappointment. This song is called “No Re-Entry” and it is already challenging The Amalgamut’s “The Missing” as my favorite mellow Filter track. The song is a gorgeous composition that features some of Patrick’s very best singing ever recorded. He goes into a really high octave that we’ve never heard before on any prior Filter track. Furthermore, “No Re-Entry” contains really nice electronics and soft guitars that provide a beautiful backdrop for Patrick’s singing.

The album’s title track is yet another standout piece. Heavy riffs and even some softer “talk” style vocals are utilized and do not come off as contrived, even though they aren’t featured at all until this point. This song might also be the most overtly religious song in Filter’s entire catalog.

I honestly wish that I could say there is a single track on The Trouble With Angels that I don’t find up to par. The fact of the matter is that as a whole, the record is truly outstanding. I really haven’t been this excited for a new rock release in a long time. There’s just so much solid material on here! I believe it has the goods to not only thrill the mass majority of Filter fans, but garner droves of new ones as well. It’s an amazing accomplishment for Richard Patrick and a real treat for Filter’s core fanbase who might’ve thought the band had gotten slightly off track with 2008’s Anthems For The Damned. This record is a defining moment for Filter.

Filter’s new album, The Trouble With Angels, will be released soon and we at All Knowing Force implore everyone to check it out and spend their hard earned money on this one. It will be worth every penny, trust me.

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  • ArchedIsisByleving said:

    I don’t see how this album is going to make a lot of noise considering no one knows when it’s coming out. I searched the entire net over and can’t find the release date.

    I don’t like the auto-tune. Richard is better than that. I’ve followed the guy for a decade and a half and that disappoints me.

    I will be buying this when it comes out. I love seeing you guys so enthusiastic about it.

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  • Dropbows said:

    Was that track auto-tuned? Didn’t realize Timbaland had produced this album.

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  • Ian said:

    I realize that everyone affiliated with AKF plays favorites, but your completely glancing over of the auto-tune REALLY shows your bias.

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  • godblessya said:

    Ya. I concur with the above posters. The other end to the argument is that Richard has never veered away from electronica, but he’s much better than this.

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  • darius said:

    that’s funny, i have no problem with the auto-tune. i actually think it works quite nicely with the song. it’s filter we’re talking about here, after all. if for some reason you forgot that richard patrick embraces the usage of electronics, please refer to the liner notes from Short Bus.

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  • Despr9 said:

    This is the same site that had a reviewer slam that Scooter Ward solo record for the use of auto-tune and now you’re embracing it when one of your boys is doing it.

    Be consistent.

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  • StrmChsr said:

    @ Despr9

    dude, all knowing force is consistent, perhaps too consistent and biased when it comes to certain things

    but richard has been consistent, short bus liner notes as darius mentioned and all the experimentation with electronics, why is using autotune for him a problem now?

    he’s been consistent so why are you all just trying to be negative

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  • Carla said:

    I see some people are either on their lunch break or not working.

    I’ve known Andrew for many years and he’s as bias as they come and has his favorites. One might argue that it’s closed-minded whereas some would say he knows what he wants. There is always a bit of a bias on this site.

    It carries over to Darius too and it’s blatantly evident but at the same time refreshing. I don’t see an agenda on AKF and never have. Why would Darius then write about auto tune when it’s something that could be expected of Richard? Come on, guys. Stop seeking out the negative.

    Richard Patrick is fine without auto tune but if he wants to use it in this track, so be it.

    I also wanted to comment on what the first poster said. I get the reference but nothing could be as bad as that Chris Cornell solo record last year.

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  • Despr9 said:

    StrmChsr or whatever your name is you really need to get a grip. You don’t remember the liner notes and don’t take anyone’s word for it. I’m sick of this electronic bullshit in my music.

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  • Ian said:




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  • Carla said:

    This is comical. Refreshing this page and reading this stupidity has made my morning.

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  • KARNOV said:

    Look at the band photo. Is it me or does the guy on the left look fucking bizarre?

    After listening to this track I can say that the review is spot on. You can get into a philosophical electronic conversation all you want. It’s a waste of time.

    Please don’t ever compare Richard Patrick to Scooter Ward.

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  • Dennis said:

    I can’t wait for the album to come out.

    Auto tune or not, I’m pumped for this release. I do agree they need to do a better job spreading the word because I didn’t know this was coming out until I came here.

    Anyone going to Bowery?

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  • Michael said:

    The auto-tune is just for the verses to paint a club picture, then he shatters it with his raw vocals and those crazy ass drums. It’s for effect, how can no one understand that? It’s not like he’s T-Pain up in this bitch….

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  • F5 said:

    I will be going to the show at Bowery Ballroom. Please note that the show is 21+. I just noticed that after getting my tickets.

    You can mark me down as picking this up when it comes out. I also will be listening when the interview with Richard is posted. I’ve been an AKF listening for 4 years and rarely comment but to the few fools making an issue about the usage of auto tune, get a grip. Richard has always embraced electronics. I hope it’s not prevalent on the rest of the CD.

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  • mAAT said:




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  • Carla said:

    IAN: I’m compelled to comment on your post. AKF has played favorites since day one. There are bands that can “do no wrong” and this just happens to be one of them. Don’t get all into hysterics. Heed the advice and grab the CD when it comes out. I’ve never been disappointed by a Filter record. I enjoyed the last one and I am kicking myself in the ass for not making the Mercury Lounge show.

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  • F5 said:

    I just listened to the audio from the show and auto tune wasn’t mentioned. I wonder how Richard would have answered. I know it doesn’t bother me but would like to hear his reaction especially to the shit above.

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  • Disaster said:

    dude, they musta paid you and all these other media outlets to write this shit, if its as good as im readin i will be colored impressed

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  • richard patrick said:

    It’s just an effect for the verses of one song. We thought it sounded cool because it’s not done that much in rock and it gives you the feel of being in a club for a second before we kick your ass in the pre- chorus and chorus. The song is about going to a club and having a drug binge. So we took a little gimmick from the hip hop/r&b folks and jokingly used it. We have a sense of humor. I understand that some people really need there borders but we don’t. When you hear the rest of the album plus the deluxe stuff you’ll be happy. I have stated several times that this album is for the fans and I stand behind that. Rock and Roll is about breaking the rules. Short bus was a rock album made entirely with a drum machine! I’ve been here for years why are you so shocked?

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  • hatuespatue said:

    I’m not going to come here and kiss Richard Patrick’s ass. Filter is not my bag. Nothing against them though.

    BUT, to come here and focus on a tiny piece of bullshit in a song is ridiculous. Usually that’s left up to the rock writers who want to sound like they know what they’re doing.

    A great song is a great song so stop the bullshit.

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  • F5 said:

    I guess we now know how Richard would have answered.

    I already ordered by copy. You guys shot enough of a load over it that I sprung.

    We’ll see Tuesday.

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  • flex said:

    matt above is right, what weight does it have when a reviewer writes and article that you know is going to be positive regardless, akf wouldn’t have shit on the record if actual shit was on it

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  • Chris P said:

    I listened to the audio and agree with Andrew that Anthems For The Damned was a good album. Maybe it wasn’t a Filter album though. Dave Mustaine has long said about Risk what Richard has said about Anthems For The Damned – that he’s proud of it but it was more experimental than a Megadeth record.

    I’ll be picking this up. Very interested to see the packaging.

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    Just accept TTWA for what it is and stop comparing it. My money will be spent on Filter Tuesday. End of discussion. Yours should be too.

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  • 12stones said:

    You all need to read the liner notes to Short Bus. All intelligent Filter fans wouldn’t even think to mention autotune.

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  • Maggie said:

    New songs from The Trouble With Angels are being released every day on fb here:
    Come listen and take your best shot. = )

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  • Rodimus said:

    From the few songs I’ve heard, it’s going to be awesome. I personally don’t mind the auto-tune-ish effect on “The Inevitable Relapse”, found it odd at first, but got used to it. Definitely getting it as fast as I can. As long as Filter keeps on going and Richard Patrick’s still the epic vocalist that he is, it’s all good.

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  • cocoa said:

    I reluctantly picked this up based on this review and couldn’t be happier. I’m beaming.

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