Donít let the perplexing album title and artwork
fool you, Cadillac Blindside isnít as complicated as
they may want to be. If Hot Rod Circuit and Alkaline
Trio had a baby, and that baby liked to hang around drinking
in graveyards late at night, it would sound something like
Cadillac Blindside. The band has the ability to appeal to
a wide variety of music fans, proven by the fact that they
have toured with everyone from Less Than Jake to Dillinger
Four to Dashboard Confessional.
"Always A Comedian" cranks things
up right away, exciting you if you have heard of these guys
before, and making you wonder where you have been if you havenít.
"Empty Bottle Evening" keeps things moving at a
furious pace, bringing to the front the punk edge that keeps
the entire EP furiously interesting. "Premeditated Redrum"
maintains the intensity of the first two songs, and by now,
your jaw may be agape. The next two tracks, the slow rocker,
"Consumed By Television Sets," and "Where Will
I Sleep Tonight" are the weakest of the six, but are
still quite good. Fortunately, after the brief lull, "Read
Em And Weep" closes things out with another blast of
There is no shortage of intensity here. The
only noticeable problem is that some of this material may
sound familiar. Cadillac Blindside display touches of pop,
emo, punk, and straightforward indie rock, but some of the
blending sounds like it has been done before. The perfect
example is "Read Em And Weep," which sounds a great
deal like The Get Up Kids in the Four Minute Mile
era. Fortunately, the lyrics avoid, for the most part, the
overdone themes of girls and touring, opting instead to delve
a little deeper into life, friends, and dreams. The potent,
sometimes slightly unintelligible, vocals are backed by robust
musicianship, while touches of piano and instrumentals keep
things interesting. It may not be the most groundbreaking
thing youíve heard lately, but The Allegory Of Death And
Fame is well worth many listens.
- Always A Comedian
- Empty Bottle Evening
- Premeditated Redrum
- Consumed By Television Sets
- Where Will I Sleep Tonight
- Read Em And Weep
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