Personally, I think it a mistake to go and delineate “Safety in Numbers” into twelve tracks. Each and every song contains enough similarity in it to work with the other tracks, but are innovative enough to go out and hold the listeners’ attention until the end. “Better Not Be So” brings listeners in with its rich and full sound, again aided by the tendency of Surrounded in using classical instruments. The last few tracks of the disc, specifically “All Points Bulletin”, mesh together a more dissonant guitar sound to the general sea of sounds that is Surrounded. Distortion comes crashing into the scene in a major way during “All Points Bulletin”, and yet it does not overpower any other piece of Surrounded. In fact, the guitar distortion opens up a whole other path for Surrounded to go down, one in which differentiation is the key.
“Neglectarine” is the perfect end to this composition, an upbeat track that fades off into a single guitar and children playing. Just as the hopeful singing by Marten began “Linear Elevator” oh so long ago on “Safety and Numbers”, “Neglectarine” recollects the same joy to put the disc to a close. The true beauty of the disc will only be revealed on a full listen, so make sure you have adequate time before putting on “Safety in Numbers”.
Rating : 8.0/10
Top Tracks : “Pro-Files”, “Linear Elevator”