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As Fast As
Open Letter To the Damned
Octone Records
www.asfastasmusic.com


It's always interesting to pick up a CD and pop it in your stereo, just to have the music that comes out feel like it's from a completely different generation. When I put in Open Letter To The Damned by As Fast As, that's the exact feeling that I got.

Ok, well, the first song confuses me; is it today's generation? Is it my parent's generation? Or is it from the 90's portion of my generation? I don't know if I'll ever figure it out, but that's ok. Because I can do exactly what the title suggests: "Blame It On The Drugs". Now, "Florida Sunshine" is easier and not just for me. Their first single has also been picked up by the hit TV show CSI: Miami, which proves to me it's aiming for today's generation. I can get a type of Ok Go! sound out of this song, set to the background of the album. As for the rest of this CD, it definitely comes from the Aerosmith/Bon Jovi generation. There's hard-rock and soft ballads that all could go perfect with some long hair. My favorite of this album is track #4: "Gretchen My Captain". The lyrics are perpetually stuck in my head and the beat will easily get your body moving.

It may say Octone Records on the CD, but if you delve deeper you see that it's actually Sony who picked them up. Yet another success for Sony, nice job.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Blame It On The Drugs
2. Florida Sunshine
3. Special
4. Gretchen My Captain
5. This Time
6. Wasted Youth
7. Open Letter To The Damned
8. Skin The Kat
9. If I Only Knew
10. This Is Real
11. Something Fierce


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