However, some of the tracks just don't sound quite a chunky and "there" as they could be. Personal Jesus is an example of this. It's a good song, and the weird stuttering acoustic guitar is interesting to hear (and I'm not sure I've ever heard anything quite like it)... but the actual distorted guitars that kick in later on sound a bit weedy. Compared to One Thing, which is another good song and has some real loud, crunchy guitars, it really does feel a bit feeble. It seems a bit strange that there's such a huge difference in the sound of the guitars throughout the album. Still, when they get it right, it sounds good. Really good. Maybe I've just been spoiled for decent sounding heavier stuff lately...
A few of the songs sound too familiar... Take It All Away sounds like a clone of Wanted (Perversion) in places. I can't think of any more examples off the top of my head.
This album doesn't sound particularly different to Gravity Kill's previous two efforts... Personally, I think I prefer the overall sound of Perversion, and it doesn't really have as many great songs as Gravity Kills (the first album). That doesn't stop it being good fun to listen to, or even being good... it's just not AS good as the ones before it overall, in my opinion. Still, it shines in places...
One more little oddity - the final track, Love Sex & Money Reprise, sounds far more complete than anything else on the rest of the album... rather amusingly, considering it's purely an instrumental and probably just here for filler. It sounds great; the drums are powerful, the guitars sound good, the synths stand out nicely...... Read more ›
If you're looking for something new, radical and original, forget it. Gravity Kills still seem like they want to be NiN, but they're different enough to get away with it. Simple, hard hitting and to the point. If you're a fan, get it. If not, listen to a clip beforehand.
Now in truth none of the above matters so much, but what really comes across on this album is just how tired the whole thing is. How jaded the lyrics are, guitars playing riffs that sound no different to a thousand other songs. Bands have been making music like this for years now and this is just another one. It's upsetting that Gravity Kills haven't moved on or tried something different. But everything on this album is just so tired. It all sounds like music you've heard before, or music you've heard before and turned off. Even the song titles are scraping the bottom of the barrel "Love, sex and money", "fifteen minutes", "breakdown","suffocate". Christ, if you don't have anything interesting or new to talk about become an instrumental group. At least try putting a different effect on your voice so you don't keep sounding like one note Trent Reznor reached on the Downward Spiral.
I really wanted to like this album but it ends up being a backward step in the progression of new music - like an industrial Iron Maiden.
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