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Sheffield's electronic post-rock heroes return in the wake of a tour supporting The Cure, and they seem to have brought a part of that experience with them for this album, namely Robert Smith, who appears on vocals during 'Come To Me' - just one of We Were Exploding Anyway's many outpourings of excess. Here the Cure frontman gamely allows his vocal to be cast into the mincer and ends up pulped within a hair-raisingly bombastic blend of electro-rock extremity and last-minute orchestral excess. while guitars and tricky, mathsy drum parts are to be found in every nook and cranny of this record, the whole enterprise seems to be governed by electronics, whether it be glitching through the ace, almost Jaga Jazzist-like 'Piano Fights' or the intricate album intro, 'Mountainhead'. Elsewhere, 'Crash Tactics' and 'Go Complex' conjure up images of Pendulum, or perhaps the soundtrack to some film that involves Milla Jovovich jumping out of a helicopter whilst shooting zombies/vampires/smurfs/whatever. Most hazardously, 'Tiger Girl' runs into danger of becoming a Dave Pearce-friendly Sigur Ros track, but ultimately rings out triumphantly with the kind of acerbic machinated charm that Fuck Buttons tend to exude. 65daysofstatic have never been shrinking violets, but on We Were Exploding Anyway they sound like they've really poured their all in to making the biggest, tightest album possible.