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The best things in life aren't for free......
on 7 January 2003
I guess your opinion on this album depends on when you discovered Filter; fans of "Short Bus" seem generally disappointed and if you were expecting "Short Bus pt.ii" then that's understandable as this album has much of it's industrial edge angle-grinded off. If like me however you discovered Filter via this release you'll probably love it.
The songwriting for one is excellent, there are hooks and choruses aplenty, even during the albums heavier moments (and there are a fair few). A myriad of styles are covered within including industrialish metal, gothicky rock, acoustic poppishness and stadium riffery (a la "Pop" era U2). Despite such variety "Title..." flows beautifully from one song/style to another thanks to a fantastic production job which ties together what would otherwise be quite a disparate album (listen to the bridge between "The Best Things and "Take a Picture" for evidence).
I keep coming back to this album because of the above and because the songs have a good blend of heaviness and hummability.... it's not as riff heavy as you might expect from a supposedly industrial rock band but it is very sonically dense and heavy in atmosphere, which can be just as satisfying.
So, to anyone curious about what Filter get up to... basically on this album and it's follow up "The Amalgamut" they do industrial rock/metal with a few pop tendencies very well and it's highly recommended. If however you want something more industrial strength then buy "Shortbus" because it's good but the songs aren't so catchy or memorable..... which is what for me makes this album so good.