CD Review: The Front Bottoms - In Sickness & In Flames

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In Sickness & In Flames

After 2015’s Back On Top delivered some of The Front Bottoms’ quirkiest and most experimental gear to date, its follow‑up (2017’s Going Grey) was a major slip down the staircase: tired, stagnant, and its musical departures sounding far too forced for comfort (especially given the album’s narrative of midlife crises and coveted nostalgia).

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…