In 2005, Living Things’ debut album, Ahead of the Lions, felt like a cathartic call to arms for a war-weary country that had sold its soul. Now America’s problems are even more dire, but its mood has changed. As such, the strength of this follow-up is not the defiant antiestablishment fist-pumping (though there’s plenty), but the tunes. “Let It Rain,” a warm, soaring anthem brimming with bittersweet nostalgia, and “Oxygen,” which rides a dark, throbbing beat and big, gushing chorus into Depeche Modeville, are a nice antidote to the relentless, righteous sloganeering and glittery, staccato riffs.
Listen: Living Things, “Let It Rain”(DOWNLOAD MP3)