Granted, some of these ideas are crammed into a single track, such as on first single "Human Sadness," which encompasses the entirety of the album sonic landscape into an 11-minute opus. "Human Sadness" is an appropriate entry-point to the album, even if it finds itself midway through the full-length, because it touches on some of the more straightforward punk tracks like "Business Dog" and current single "Where No Eagles Fly," while hinting to the pop sensibility of "Nintendo Blood" and "Xerox."
At its core, Tyranny is a seriously sad album, and while not initially apparent through the busted-speakers aesthetic, the lyrics betray frustration, alienation and sadness for the world we've inherited. Casablancas has called this new outing a protest album, one that explores the "in-between areas in music that haven't been exploited" and on that point alone, it's a roaring success. And while these "in-between areas" are not always sonically pleasant, you can't accuse them of being dull; they make Tyranny the compelling album that it is. (Cult)