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Shallow Life [Explicit]

Shallow Life [Explicit]

17 Apr 2009
4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 April 2009
  • Release Date: 20 April 2009
  • Label: Century Media Records Ltd
  • Copyright: ℗ 2009 Century Media Records Ltd. © 2009 Century Media Records Ltd. All rights reserved.
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  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0034ZJM9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Lacuna Coil are an unusual band. With two members who's sole job is vocals it must be hard to constantly be getting the best of one without leaving the other one out too much. They also make great use of synths and keyboards without actually having a keyboard player live. These keyboards are more prominant than ever on this album, and I do not think that it is a bad thing at all. This album is a joy to listen to, full of catchy hooks and song-a-long choruses. However, there is a slight problem. I've never really been a huge fan of Andrea Ferro's vocals and sometimes on this album he can be very annoying. He's not brilliant live as I've seen when I saw them supporting Bullet for my Valentine and on their 'Visual Karma' DVD. But when you get past that they are a great band, after all; they have Cristina Scabbia to make up for it! Time for the track by track run through:

Survive - This is probably the strongest opening to any Lacuna Coil album to date. The huge rhythmic double-foot pedals really hit you and the synth laden riff is so powerful. Cristina's vocals are spot-on in the chorus and Andrea sounds good in the chorus. A very strong song and one that will no doubt be included in their live sets. 8/10

I Won't Tell You - Another quite synthy intro starts this song while some rather nice lead guitars gentley lie underneath. The vocals are top-notch on this song and the chorus is very catchy, definatley one to sing to. The synths that and quite prominant throughout are very effective and add another layer of depth to this great track. 8/10

Not Enough - Cristina's angelic vocals kick this song off with some very melodic piano which soon suges into a great, rhythmic song with nice guitar work and pounding drums.
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I really enjoyed this CD. My favourite tracks are The Pain, Spellbound and Unchained. If you like gothic/symphonic metal with a female voice, the album is great.
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Lacuna Coil are one of those bands that any good rock/metal fan know of (mostly due to Cristina) but rarely check out, which is a shame. Up until now their music has sometimes been dismissed as being ordinary and lacking originality, which is perhaps a bit harsh but nevertheless an interesting point. For Shallow Life they have taken a slightly different direction without losing their sound and has resulted in a very good album to listen to.

The start of the album (Survive) is a bit of a surprise with its heavyhanded nature, but is a good start and leads you nicely into Cristina's vocals and Andrea's chorus. It is also a sign of things to come as this is the majority of the format with Cristina providing the softer vocals and Andrea providing the heavier tones and they are stronger for it.

There are definite highlights, which is not to say there are many weaknesses in the album. Personal preference leads me to "I Won't Tell You", "I Like It", "The Pain" and "Spellbound" as the standout tracks but undoubtedly others will disagree. Perhaps the only weakness might come from Andrea's voice lacking emotion sometimes as I can never tell if he's being angry, moody or all of the above. Cristina's voice on the other hand seems to be maturing well and she is a much improved vocalist than LC's earlier material. Though in fairness this might be a reflection of the higher track quality.

Anyway, to the point. For the sake of a few pounds out of your pocket this is an excellent addition to anyone's CD collection and so comes highly recommended.
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I discovered LC recently with their latest album, a stunner called "Dark Adrenaline". I then bought all their back catalog and this one is great, like most of the rest they have done. So "as usual" it is excellent. This band is fantastic, great musicians, and I love this dual female/male singer alchemy which gives them a unique character. Another reviewer gave more details, so don t bother: get this asap together with all their CDs. Top stuff!
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I was expecting to see loads of reviews here saying they sold out,but I guess LC were never really one for the extreme purists,or garnering loads of reviews for that matter!
It's true that LC have polished up their sound and in my opinion to a good result,I'm all for bands trying different things and sometimes a more commercial sound can be creative gold when a band forgets the self imposed limitations of the metal world.I found last album Karmacode somehow hard to listen to.The production was so dense it needed space to allow the vocals and songs to breathe.Here they have a much more listenable sound,melody and space are great things when done well.
The first three tracks here are great,some of their best songs for me and it pulls you in,but it does gradually lose a bit of momentum as it goes along even though some excellent songs are there.There are some more contemporary almost 'nu-metal' (not so nu anymore?) style sounds but LC retain their individuality throughout it all.It would be great to hear Andrea try some different vocal styles,maybe him and Cristina could do tracks of their own with just one singer per track?
More power to them.
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