An excellent and successful rock album is similar to a math equation;
you have to have the perfect combination of key aspects to equal
a great CD. One of Tooth And Nail's newest bands, The Classic
Crime, must be mathematicians, because their debut release
Starting from the beginning, their first track and also their
first released single/first music video/and hopefully first radio
hit: "The Fight." This is an incredible song; the energy
that flows is unmatched. Precision guitar, combined with strong
lyrics like: "One day we'll drink to this and say/Remember
when we died/We went out in flames," sets this song on a
different level. I could try to compare this song to another artist,
but I'd fail. This is a Classic Crime original. "Flight Of
Kings" and "Who Needs Air" slow down the tempo
a bit. Yet they are still an essential aspect to the album/equation.
The focus turns to a mellower guitar and empowering/emotional
lyrics: "I long to taste adventure like the nature of the
sea." Even though it is slower, it's still a song that beckons
you to belt out the chorus, no matter where you are. Next, I have
to jump to my personal favorite song: "All Of The Memories."
In this part of the equation, it's the drums that really carry
the song. From the first few seconds, you're automatically engaged.
Skip Erickson (drums) has definitely done his homework
on this one. You get some all out jamming, added to the occasional
cymbals, which give a nice shimmering effect and contribute to
the intensity of the song. Moving through the math, you have "Say
The Word," where in the beginning of the song the ever-so
light guitar gives you a very dramatic entrance. "The Poet"
goes a bit harder and the bass comes out as the star in this song.
The harder sound turns similar to that of possibly Hawthorne
Heights or fellow T&N artist Emery. I'll last look
at "We All Look Elsewhere," though not the last song
on the album, but the last one that really stands out. The lead
guitar rounds out the equation and the song. The skill of the
musician can be easily heard in the powerful riffs, well-timed
breaks, and exceptional solos. In this song, I didn't care so
much about the lyrics, because it was the guitar that had me hooked.
This equation has it all: an original + empowering lyrics + engaging
drums + drama + hard rock and finally some exceptional guitar.
It all equals a CD that stands out and a band that has the talent
to stick around for some time.
1. The Fight
2. Flight Of Kings
3. Who Needs Air
4. Blisters And Coffee
5. The Coldest Heart
6. All Of The Memories
7. Say The Word
8. I Know The Feeling
9. The Poet
10. The Bitter Uprising
11. We All Look Elsewhere
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