The sounds of guitars swirling to the symphony of a boisterous-beat, as loud as sin, and the sliding croon of a bass guitar; opening track 'Shook' begins the venture that is new album Natural History. Not short of impetus the Baltimore born four-piece cut a pleasant pastel figure on the artwork, and with the next thirty-seven minutes devoted to them, I have a hankering that they just ain't that sweet (like Mick Hucknall). Frontman Andrew Laumann grunts and roars in a grunge guise, which somehow detonates a stirring array of instrumental work. As 'Shook' stutters and splashes, you can hear the true essence of Dope Body; a terrific track to begin the record.

'Road Dog' snatches the flame as it arrives and sprints into the distance. You find yourself trying to catch up with it and enjoying the chase; think Liars. With immediacy, fluidity and quality, it quietens your early-nineties comparisons – it's another impressive offering to add to their back catalogue, sure to be inspiring therapeutic anger for years to come.

When you see the back of the opening two tracks, you're just waiting for the flame to light up more interesting grottos, but the truth is that it doesn't do that enough. You find yourself familiar with what is festering in their subconscious, and though there are shards of sixties' Stones anger ('Weird Mirror') it disappoints more than it enthrals; an unfortunate circumstance which had its probability heightened by the quality of the opening tracks.

'Out Of My Mind' is another humdinger, and it embodies Dope Body's strengths. Polyrhythmic percussion held to the wall by fuzzy guitars are at the centre of it, and a bare-bones chorus really clenches your jaw together. Though David Jacober (drummer) is slightly handicapped by a difficult drum-sound, his frenetic style is splendid, showcased on 'High Way'. Overall, the production manages to maintain that problematic balance between 'raw' and 'polished' nicely, with my favourite factor being the characteristic sound of the lead vocal.

It's easy to forget that Dope Body are on album number five, and Natural History represents another remarkable statement for twenty-first century music. You should buy this record, not only for its enjoyable attacks of energy, but to depict what's great about the industry today. There's absolutely no pretence here – they're writing completely honestly and, whilst I was disappointed by the inconsistency in the material, Natural History has peaks that more than over-shadow the troughs.