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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000067ARO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Audiovent ~ Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris

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Californian rockers Audiovent might boast two blood ties to nu-metal hearthrobs Incubus--singer Jason Boyd and guitarist Ben Einzinger are the little brothers of Brandon Boyd and Mike Einsiger respectively--but there's a lot more to their debut, Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris, than a column-grabbing family tie. Immersed in the history of rock & roll greats like Hendrix, Zeppelin and the Who, Audiovent have delivered a slick American rock record with a classically anthemic sound, but a thoroughly modern metal kick.

Like pretty much every Yank angst contender, they dip into the clichés a little too readily: "The Energy" uses American shrink-talk to vocalise the pain of emotional separation, Jason Boyd singing "Every now and then I think about you / it's bringing me closer to closure" like he's stretching out on a psychiatrist's couch, not confronting his demons. Still, the song's titanic chorus drives it home with the insane power of a Faith No More oldie; and with songs like the seismic "Gravity" and the subtle, atmospheric "When the Rain" to follow it up, such niggles pale into insignificance. Forget Incubus a moment: this is a debut that can stand on its own two feet. --Louis Pattison

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward on 24 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I like this album! I like it a lot! When lead vocalist Jason Boyd sings "We are the energy...", his rich voice surfing over waves of powerful guitar, I believe him! I don't need any further convincing. The trouble is, this is just track 1! The band then continue with another 11 tracks which back up his statement.
2002 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for albums, with Butch Walker recently releasing his solo album and the likes of SR-71, TSAR and EVE6 all due to release theirs. Those of you more open to the Nu-Breed of melodic rock bands out there may well recieve AUDIOVENT like manner from heaven. Opening track 'The Energy' builds from a slow intro to tear out of the speakers at you, and just when you think you know what to expect the arrangement changes and knocks you off balance. And therein lies the genius of this album. There is a sense of creativity and thought gone into the songwriting process that lifts it head and shoulders above most other current rock releases. In fact it's difficult comparing the album as a whole to another band. Not because there's a unique or original sound here, but because the individual elements just combine so well within such finely crafted, powerful songs.
Highlights are almost too many to count, but on 'Rain' Boyd almost sounds like Hurricane's Jay Schellan. At other times the vocals are reminiscent of Mansun, but throughout the guitar of Ben Einziger is set to stun, laying sheet after sheet of melodic powerchords down, whilst never smothering the song itself. 'Sweet Frustration' slows down the pace, and the album closer, 'When I drown', is an almost acoustic piece. Then it's straight back to track one again. I defy you to play this once and think 'Ah, it's OK!!"
Atlantic have found a gem here.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "educatedfool33" on 20 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you haven't heard of these guys then you'll have heard of their siblings. Despite this, family connections is the only connection between Audiovent and Incubus. Audiovent, have a more rock-orientated feel to their music as opposed to Incubus's experimental music. Free from the didgeridoos and DJing that make Incubus so unique, Audiovent sticks to the good old guitars, bass and drums. The combination of the instruments and Jason Boyd's (yes, it is Brandon's brother) voice come together brilliantly on tracks like 'The Energy'. A great varying choice of brilliant songs graces this album which is definitely one to get. Of course, the old 'just like Incubus' tags will come along as they did with Hoobastank but, also as with Hoobastank, they are unnecessary and untruthful.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RJ Shipley on 3 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
For Audiovent read Bush meets Linkin Park. On an indifferent day. Lots of angst-ridden guitar theatrics and pile-driven drums - juxtaposed with 'soulful' lyrical interludes and an acoustic strum or two. Annoyingly, there's a lot of this about and the 'Vent are already big in the States but, what will hopefully lead to this album sinking without trace over here, is the lack of an Outside, a Crawling or a Swallowed. Basically, there's nothing on Audiovent's debut to differentiate them from the usual nu metal suspects, except perhaps the closing track - the bizarre, Boyzone-esque - When I Drown. Plagiarists of the world unite and take over? Let's hope not.
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All In The Family 30 Jan. 2005
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As almost anyone surfing over to this page already knows, half of Audiovent (who started out simply under the moniker, Vent) are comprised of Incubus siblings. On vocals, Jason Boyd, the brother of Brandon, sounds much like his brother, while Benjamin Einziger, on guitar duties, is as capable of delivering infectious riffs as his brother, Mike. Now, the other two guys? Who cares (just kidding). As far as the music, the Incubus relation is extremely evident. If you thought bands like Hoobastank or Trapt sounded like Incubus, buddy, you are in for a surprise here! Audiovent really don't do much to steer away comparisons, but hey, that's not a bad thing. As a previous reviewer says, the music is good, so who cares if they sound like someone else? This CD is a worthy, solid listen, all the way through. I'm really surprised that this band never made it big. "The Energy" and "Looking Down" were both released to radio, and both are very catchy and professional. Other songs like "One Small Choice" and "Sweet Frustration" are even better, and just show off how great the songwriting skills of this band are. Definitely a radio-ready disc, which isn't neccessarily bad. However, the best track is the sublime closer, "When I Drown." Very moving song, almost reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins' more experimental stuff. All the songs on here are excellent, and this is one you can't put in and not skip a track. I only barred in one star for not taking enough risks or even attempting to not sound like Incubus. Sadly though, after this flopped, Audiovent changed their name to Nigel, and then, five minutes later, broke up. The band, however, has re-emerged under the name Agent Sparks (sans vocalist Jason Boyd). Worth looking for their demos online if you were a fan. As it stands though, this is a good debut, too bad they couldn't keep it together. If you are an Incubus fan, or just enjoy alternative/modern rock, "Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris" (can't get over that title...) is worth your time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nice new CD 29 July 2002
By "mountainviewsessions" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'The Energy' is an absolutely fantastic and, indeed, high energy song. There are many other great-sounding tracks on this album as well, and I really respect the talent these guys have.
The lyrics could use some work though. I found them a bit too self-centered, self-conscious and negative for my taste. Stalker, for instance, is a wonderful sounding song with somewhat cringe-worthy lyrics... I truly hope "I'm static, you're clinging, you're my Klingon" was meant to be funny. Because it is. And as a devoted Incubus fan, 'Looking Down' really kind of annoyed me after learning that it was "about the whole Incubus thing." Particularly the line "can you face the sound, and decide." Well, yeah, I can, and the big siblings are significantly ahead.
But overall, these guys are a terrific young band and I really enjoy their music. Their style is really nice and they're great musicians. I'm going to try to catch them in concert when they head my way, since I've heard they're awesome live.
I gave 'Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris' five stars based on the group's talent and the fact that it's much better than a lot of stuff out there. Despite my complaints, it's definitely one of my top ten favorite albums. I'm just ultra-picky.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally! 21 Jun. 2002
By "ixtearsxi" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After waiting for a band who was really inspiring, I finally found the answer in Audiovent and this album. The words, the music-- everything is in perfect harmony.
I was introduced to Audiovent through being a big fan of Incubus (I'm sure all of you know the connection by now). Over and over people told me "they're nothing alike." and it's true. Audiovent is in a league very, very seperate from Incubus, but just as great and talented. Every track on the album is amazing-- in the beginning with the song, "The Energy" it's fast-paced, heart-racing rock-- the final track, "When I Drown" slows everything down with a beautiful piano accompaniment. These guys are going to bring to Rock back, no doubt. If you don't own the album yet, get out and buy it now. Thank you Jason, Ben, Paul and Jammin!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
hmm... 24 Oct. 2004
By incubusrage311 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this album wondering, and sort of hoping it would sound like Incubus. And it does, and it doesn't. I have to admit they have a great sound and Jason Boyd has an amazing voice just like his brother. Now Audiovent says that they do not want to be compared to Incubus but the truth is a lot people only know who they are because of Incubus. They are great and amazing and I like this cd a little bitmore than "A Crow Left of the Murder" by Incubus. But Incubus is still far superior no matter what anyone says. But buy this album
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hoobastank Meets Nirvana 5 Aug. 2002
By James P. Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Hoobastank and Nirvana got married, what would their children sound like? Enter Audiovent, the newest verse-chorus-verse artists to lay down hard rock tracks reminiscent of early 90's grunge, but with a clean, refined sound. Audiovent effortlessly combines power chords, ultra-melodic vocals, and driving rhythms in Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris, their first major release. The quartet brandishes a hard rock sound indicative of a return to what alternative rock used to mean - free of DJ's and turn tables, couched in a studio masterpiece.
This album portrays a journey, led by the dually gritty and poetic vocals of Jason Boyd.
Dirty Sexy Knights enters with "The Energy," a head-nodding, hard rocking track embracing the energy that Boyd recognizes post breakup. "We are the Energy/We are the same as you/Take Everything You Need/We are the answer to/The broken breaking through/Take Everything From Me" is a battle cry for jaded youths, and an anthem for this generation.
The next three pulse-pounders continue the emotional trend, towards recovery - the focus is clearly on the ex. The choruses become so familiar, by the end of the song it's already stuck in your head. Leaving no time for recovery, Audiovent retaliates against its last track, imprinting an equally catchy set of lines. Glancing at the song titles and listening to the lyrics, the topics become successively more serious. The result of such a negative change could prove disastrous, but it merely forces Audiovent to rock that much harder. The change is far less recognizable when focusing solely on the instrumentation. By the last song, "When I Drown," the listener should be about ready to hear "The Energy" again. A truly depressing song, slow tempo and lifeless - the only song that seems out of place on the album - seems more befitting of a hidden track, than the closer.
Overall, however, Audiovent is a band destined for greatness, and a light at the end of the tunnel for listeners tired of interchangeable rap-rock. "Rain" and "Beautiful Addiction" are probable radio tunes, but nearly every song is hit material. "The Energy" has already hit billboard, and will likely make Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris a platinum success.
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