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The Classic Crime
Albatross
Tooth And Nail Records
www.theclassiccrime.com


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 is amazing.

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.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
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
12. Headlights


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