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Crisis In Hollywood
Safe And Sound
Financial Records


First thought when I popped in Crisis In Hollywood's new album Safe And Sound? "Awesome... yet another pop punk band." And that's pretty much what I found as I went through the album song by song.

It took five songs before I really found one that stuck out - not only different on the album, but distinctive enough from the current market trends. "The Upside" starts off with a few brief drum thrashes and a pretty perfect rock-style bass. The bass is so low and gnarled that it makes the song as a whole stand on a new level, one not previously heard. Naturally, the song does bust out its pop tendencies in the chorus. Since I was already in love with the bass, of course, my next favorite song came in "I'd Take A Gator Over A Snapping Turtle Anyday." The bass is so freakin' fast at the beginning of this one that it literally made me type quicker. It's got that same gnarl-ness, but this time it's almost like it challenges the rest of the band to be just a bit darker. The guitar and vocals actually seem to answer, 'We're angry and injected with Red Bull for an entire 2:50' and I do mean INJECTED. Energy that rivals even some of the most seasoned rock bands. "Can't Turn Around" is a song that seems to morph the band into nearly a perfect alternative band. That fabulous bass is still there and this time the guitars join together to make mixture of precision note work and excellent high-tempo rhythms. If you want just a basic rock song, I think you should check out "Nobody Blames You." If you don't count the fact that the vocals are rather higher pitched than most rock songs, the rest of this song is fairly accurate for any head-banging request. Everything is simplified down and no one really takes point, but for a rock song that's what you'd want. You'd also want some big strumming guitar playing, more focus on the percussion and lyrics that are easily yelled. The album finishes off with "The Drinking Song." Now being the age that I am, I had high hopes for this song. I don't know what I was expecting, however. Regardless, this is a pretty fun song. I really enjoy the guitar solo - one that surprisingly doesn't seem to consist of specific notes, or if they are they are in an old electronic style. The vocals are set nicely on top and because of the lack of other instruments you finally get a chance to really hear what he's saying. After about a minute, the other members put in their 2 cents. The theme to this song sticks to the main theme of pop punk: the pop at the beginning and the punk at the end. You're going to be moshed out of this one.

Okay, so I had one opinion at the beginning and after having really listened to the whole album, I have another. Yes, Crisis may be another pop punk band, but I have to say they definitely do have elements to them that will help them stick out amongst the rest. For that, they get my vote.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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