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The Classic Crime
Seattle Sessions
Tooth And Nail Records
www.theclassiccrime.com


I don't think I can say enough or truly express my admiration for the band The Classic Crime. Their music is brilliant and amazing and don't even get me started on the guys themselves, great people. So I was more than excited to see that they had released a new album. It hadn't been hyped too much, so I was wide open to what they had to offer.

Seattle Sessions is what they call their "acoustic album." And well... that's because it is acoustic. But it's so much more than just a quieter album. There's more depth, more emotion, and more meaning behind each song. Every song is somehow a story or a recollection of the past. If [nothing] else, it's a means to look deeper into what's really in Matt's (lead vocals) head. The album starts off with what I'm guessing is the title track: "Seattle." You're lead into the song with a very ominous beat - low, but engaging at the same time. Matt's voice then carries you into the meat of the song, where you're introduced to the rest of the instruments. I'm jumping down to the song "The Test," and mainly because for some reason this is the song that stands out against the others. The chords are high and quickly repeat before a rhythm guitar has a chance to set in. But it's an intriguing song and at times it almost feels raw. Perhaps that's from the acoustic aspect. Don't misunderstand the raw, it's good - it comes from a simpler song, back to basics and pure musicianship. The other song that's competing for my favorite is "Blindfolded." Again that guitar is simple and repeats. However, this time there's something about the music that begs for a Radiohead comparison. I couldn't tell you what it is, but it's there, somewhere.

The album comes in at a total of 7 songs. Not really an EP (even they label it that) but also not a full-length. So what is it? An EL, mix between an EP and an LP. Ok I just made that up. But there is an LP in the works for The Classic Crime, so perhaps this is simply a way for hardcore fans (such as myself), to get their fill until the next full-length is released. I would also call this a "masterpiece of music," it's beautiful and incredible on so many levels. Of course now this makes me even MORE excited for the next LP!

-Rachel Fredrickson

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