So I must admit, I was making fun of the band's name before I
even listened to them, and now I am regretting it. Not that I
finally came to my senses and think the name is cool now - I don't.
Rather, listening to the music I have come around to the realization
that this band is much more than just a stupid name.
I hate to compare them with Creed, but I can't help it.
The thing is though, I would call them what Creed should be, better
and more genuine, more talented and containing much better hooks
and guitar licks. But, there is the same sense of purpose and
feel that leads the album forward, and a more than popular sound
for today's rock radio stations.
The guitar work is the best thing about the album; the lines
are crisp and to the point. Where they don't dazzle by their basic
nature, they more than make it up with drive and determination.
With less initiative on this single instrument the album would
fall flat on its face, but luckily it doesn't, it climbs and peaks
in beautiful succession. The bass and drums do their part for
the material but don't stretch beyond the sound to truly carve
a niche for themselves. The vocals and backing are acceptable,
but like the bass and drums they don't take it to the next level
to make them, well, worth talking about more.
The arrangements cover a lot of the song writing voids, with
nice changes and excellent use of crescendos to emphasize good
peaks. "So loud" is a superb example of build and release
that satisfies my belief that you can have highs and lows within
the same song and have it still be an excellent song. The majority
of the songs are memorable and worth it, and overall it is a decent
album. I believe this band has potential to go somewhere.
Love .45, good band, bad name.
1) Way Down
2) So Loud
3) Don't Ask Me
5) Come Undone
9) The Hey Song
10) Over My Head
11) Change the World
12) Just Lie to Me
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