Repent, Replenish, Repeat is the third album by Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip. Since their last release, both members have released independent solo work, and on this album they seem even closer for it.
Whilst Logic of Chance seemed fragmented and almost forced, on Repent, Replenish, Repeat the duo finally seem to be back on the same page. However, this ‘togetherness’ is not quite to the extent of that on Angles, which is still very secure in being their best work.
Le Sac’s input in particular has improved to be almost unrecognisable from his earlier work on Angles, really showing the benefit of his recent solo work. Here he is definite, solid, and accomplished, and on some of the weaker lyrical tracks (such as ‘Heroism’ and ‘Entity’), it’s enough to make you stick around.
The strongest tracks lyrically, however, are simultaneously the weakest musically. This illustrates what is possibly the biggest factor holding the pair back. In a recent ‘tweet along’ for the album, Pip answered questions which gave clarification on how the songs are written. It appears that it changes: sometimes a beat is delivered to Pip for him to write over, and sometimes lyrics are given to Le Sac and he works from those. The two don’t seem to write together. As such, there is rarely a true unity between the two components.
Despite this disparity, there really are some great tracks on the album. ‘Terminal’ is a return to the narrative tracks from Angles; a short, sad story about a drug fuelled night. ‘Porter‘ is another brilliant throwback, and is the only real track in which both components seem to match perfectly. It is also an interesting experiment based on what seems to be a central idea: what if all the Disney princesses were just insane? ‘You Will See Me’ also carries a brilliant, if angry, introspective lyric.
Sadly, there are also tracks that almost beg to be skipped. ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ is the most obvious of these. It’s loud, angry, and devoid of any real substance. In Angles, societal or political tracks were subtle, humorous, and effective because of it. Here, we just have bile – not helped by Itch, formerly of The King Blues, who contributes a truly unpleasant sound.
‘Gold Teeth’ is nowhere near as objectionable, but it suffers from having no real purpose. It seems like a track made solely to be a radio single, and it doesn’t seem like it should be a Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip track.
Repent, Replenish, Repeat is by no means a bad album, and certainly improves on the duo’s 2010 attempt. However it still sits in the shadow of the pair’s debut, and while certain tracks strive to regain those heights, others conspire to drag it down further.
3 stars ★★★✰✰
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