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Karma And Effect
Wind-Up Records

Mainly driven by the break-out track "Remedy", Seether has been getting a lot of radio airplay. Not that it is a mistake, that song is awesome as a Nirvana-esque hard rock ballad... but how does the rest of the album hold-up? Pretty damn good.

Hard rock is one of those genres that I either love or hate on a case by case basis, and this album I love because it doesn't fit into the classic typecasting of the style. I almost imagine this as an evolution of grunge into the 2000's. While there are a lot of throaty yells similar to Korn, there is a lot of angst driven momentum more in line with Alice In Chains. It is not overt, but it is a brilliant subtlety that lasts through the record - setting it apart from all of the posers currently playing out there.

Production takes care of the basics, but good songwriting heightens it by superbly emphasizing the ebb and flow of the entire album. Here there are smooth sailing pieces that incorporate deep distortion breaks, there there are just straight rock-out songs, all of which accurately move the listener to nod in content. The sound effects of the guitars could have varied more to distinguish song differences, but nonetheless the guitars successfully drive the point home. And although I am not partial to the throaty growl overused nowadays, Seether adeptly balances their use without killing a dead horse.

Overall, no song grabs me as much as "Remedy", but at the same time this album ably shows that this band is not a one-hit wonder. So now I look forward to the next installment.


Track listing:
1) Because Of Me
2) Remedy
3) Truth
4) The Gift
5) Burrito
6) Given
7) Never Leave
8) World Falls Away
9) Tongue
10) I'm The One
11) Simplest Mistake
12) Diseased
13) Plastic Man
14) {Hidden Track}

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