Featuring singles, (pls) set me on fire, It Hurts, Bloodshot and A Kiss for the Whole World x.
“It’s no surprise, then, that ‘A Kiss For The Whole World’ is fuelled by an ever-present feeling of renewal. It feels louder and brighter – the title track’s triumphant opening fanfare gives way to thrumming guitars and excited, pattering percussion while ‘(pls) set me on fire’ shimmies in with a technicolour samba vibe, Reynolds’ voice rasping with zeal. Here, on their seventh album and two decades down the line, Enter Shikari sound perhaps the most joyful they’ve ever been, and even when they become characteristically philosophical, it still comes from a place of positivity. ‘It Hurts’, for example, seeks glimpses of sunlight in the clouds with its message about learning from failure, while the glitchiness of ‘Leap Into The Lightning’ forms the sonic backdrop of an ode to the power of spontaneity.
Despite that brightness being higher up on their agenda this time around though, they never abandon their social conscience. The rave-ready ‘Bloodshot’ looks with intrigue at outrage culture, and the ominous ‘goldfish~’ sees Reynolds try on the shoes of a power-thirsty leader, offering a lesson that “when people feel powerless, they will rarely resist”
Their message is as potent as ever as is the conviction. Amid the bleakness of cost-of-living-crisis Britain, the shot of joy it provides is a welcome tonic, particularly from unexpected quarters. Shikari have already mastered the feeling of the world retreating on their last record; this time, they’re positioning joy as an act of resistance.” – NME