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Hialeah
Where You're Standing
Black Box Records
www.hialeahrock.com


It's very seldom that I receive a CD and simply feel like it could be difficult to give that album a good review. In fact, I try to see good parts in every artist that I hear. Well this next group Hialeah made finding a good part mission impossible.

Throughout the entire seven songs, I struggled to find something that was new. It didn't have to be brand new, maybe a newer spin on an old technique or cover song. Yet everything I heard failed to excite me. The vocals were washed out, leaving no real presence of a lead singer. The lyrics did seem to be sung with a wealth of emotion; however, I had to strain my ears to hear them. The guitar was rudimentary and it felt like the members got together for a jam session, instead of writing any music. Could you say that they are an alternative band? Yes, that is how one might describe them. They are definitely taking influence from bands like Tool or Rise Against... or really any harder alternative band of this generation. In the end of this alternative CD, I did find one song that had some promise. "Forevermore" is a song that I believe has a sound similar to that of The Blackpool Lights. At various parts during the song, the vocals come protruding out in harmony with another member of the band. And the guitar calms down, to allow the lyrics to really be heard. This song is different from the others, yet is really the only one that I liked.

So maybe it wasn't mission impossible to find a good part in this album, but it was down right tricky. Perhaps in Hialeah's sophomore album a little more of the sound I heard in the last song will shine. Until then, however, I think they might need a little work.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Bite Your Tongue
2. Smoke & Mirrors
3. Fault Line
4. Release
5. Nothing's Automatic
6. Turn It Down
7. Forevermore

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