Ark consists of twelve radio-friendly tracks that are accessible to a wider audience yet don’t alienate their old fans. A particularly good point is the powerful and controlled vocals from frontman Liam, who shows versatility as he gives highly emotive performances in some parts, atmospheric deliveries in others and sometimes even combines the two styles together!
Meanwhile, the instrumentation is stunningly put together. Whilst also serving to back up the vocals very nicely in parts, the rest of the band also come into their own in the solo instrumental sections, bringing big and epic-sounding parts that really give the album a lot of energy and momentum.
My only grievance is that at times, there’s not as much variation between the songs as there perhaps could be. Some of the tracks follow the same sort of format as one another and feel a little stagnated at times. However as a whole this is an album that We Are The Ocean can be proud of and this could well be an album that propels them into being a household name.