You must be this smart to ride
If you don't enjoy this album, you might be kinda dumb. And despite what it sounds like, that's not a dig on you. It's more a compliment to Sunspot, and the fact that their songwriting probably went over your head.
The thing is, they refer to their style as "Arena Rock for Geeks." But they might as well just say "This is music for smart people." Because while those of a diminished intellectual capacity will certainly find much to enjoy in their hooks, their musical chops, and their totally-fresh-yet-immediately-accessible melodies, those folks who paid attention in school will get into Sunspot on a different level entirely. Their arrangements are heavily-augmented by such intelligent lyrical content that catching all of the clever wordplay, college vocabulary words and advanced concepts in context becomes an exercise in applied education. In other words, whereas on previous efforts, Sunspot made much sport of pop culture foibles, youthful defiance, relationship drama, and the victim complex...On "The Slingshot Effect," they're tackling the really BIG questions.
Ergo, you should ask yourself: Do you understand the different functions of cranio-chemical catalysts? How about the possible applications of theoretical astrophysics in relation to the space/time continuum? Are you hip to the looming implications of the swiftly-approaching singularity, and the futurists' predictions of what it could mean to the idea of life and death itself? Then you, my friend, just might be the audience for this album. And that's not to say that it's dry, nor that it needs to be filed in the educational section along with the textbooks-on-tape. Far from it. You'll be singing along by the second listen, even if you're out of your depth with most of the thematics.
So, in simpler terms...Even if you're not an "A" student? You should buy it anyway. Doesn't matter if you aren't necessarily up-to-speed on the similarities in molecular structure between synthesized opiates and natural dopamine. This record still launches the distal phalanges into the gluteal mass with such velocity that you'll still feel the buzz from the latter of the two.