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they don't live up to the hype
on 13 October 2002
I got this album on a very strong recommendation from a friend who loves Finch, and a magazine review that said it was good. But when i heard them, i was very under whelmed.
Finch are pretty hard to pigeon hole, but I guess the closest thing they come to Emo with touches of punk. But they don't come anywhere near close to living up to the likes of emo heavy weights Jimmy Eat World and Hundred Reasons.
The thing that hits you the most about this cd, is the complete lack of any catchy hooks. It's just like they didn't write in a chorus, which makes all their songs very forgettable.
But the quality of some of the actual instruments deserves a mention. If you took the singing out of every track you would see each track sounds very strong. The guitar intro's and riffs really make the songs sound like something special, but when the singing kicks in, it really does spoil what could of been a great track. Besides the weak song writing which i have already mentioned, the actual vocal performance leaves a lot to be desired. The voice just doesn't seem suited to this type of music, and the singers desire to seem to burst into a scream at every opportunity seems both very un-necessary and completely out of place on this record.
You can see glimpses of potential in this record, but the poor singing and song writing really bogs down some of the quality intrumentals. It really is a case of what could of been. I really wanted to like this record and I tried to give it a chance, but sadly Finch don't come close to living up to their hype and are sadly very mediocre at best.
So if you are thinking of buying this cd on the strenght of Finch's media hype, then beware that you wont get what you hoped for.