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.
1. Bite Your Tongue
2. Smoke & Mirrors
3. Fault Line
5. Nothing's Automatic
6. Turn It Down
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