Personnel: Richard Patrick (vocals, guitar, programming); John Spiker (guitar, programming); Yogi Lonich, Mitchell Marlow (guitar); Bob Marlette (keyboards); Mika Fineo (drums); Brian Liesagang, Rae DiLeo, Bruce Somers (programming).
Audio Mixer: Bob Marlette.
Recording information: Abyssinian West, Pasadena, CA; Blueroom Studios, Woodland Hills, CA; Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Warrior Sound Studios, Chapel Hill, NC.
Illustrator: Deborah Norcross.
Photographer: Chapman Baehler.
Filter made tentative inroads toward age-appropriate rock on 2008's politically charged Anthems for the Damned but they throw all that away on its 2010 sequel, The Trouble with Angels. A full-blown return to the grinding `90s, The Trouble with Angels is all brickwalled guitars and vaguely menacing melodies supported by industrial rhythms given brawn by real drums. The real drums are a key here: the band doesn't sound as sequenced and hemmed-in as it did in the past; there's a messy, urgent pulse to the music. All the same, Trouble isn't that far removed from Short Bus: Richard Patrick hints as much by opening the album with "The Inevitable Relapse," a winking nod that this album is a slide back to the unfettered angst of 1995. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine