When a band has released seven intertwined concept albums, a certain precedence is born. The Color Before The Sun has an overall pop delivery—for fans of their 2003 single “Blood Red Summer”— but lacks the creative consistency to keep this Coheed apologist engaged. While hit- or-miss, standouts include “Island,” “Here to Mars” and “You Got Spirit, Kid.” As frontman Claudio Sanchez put it, “I kind of want people to know that Coheed can write that sort of record.” Well, now that that’s out of their system, here’s to hoping the prog-rockers’ ninth release is an epic return to form.
Score: 5 out of 10
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Coheed and Cambria
The Color Before The Sun
Everything Evil Records/300 Entertainment
Producer: Jay Joyce