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C Pass but could do better
on 16 February 2008
With all of the 5 star reviews I feel I'm bursting the bubble somewhat, but reading a couple of less than 5 star reviews, I feel I share their sentiment.
I haven't bought a Hard Rock album for a little while as there has been little to stand out from the usual formula.
After dipping my toe into the first album "One Day Remains" when it first came out (on the strength of Creed), I wanted to love this band but every time I played the album, I found it difficult to play it right through. Whilst the music is well executed, it sounds the same on most tracks. The new magic sound, or style I'm looking for is missing.
I guess I'm looking for the kick I got when when I first played P.O.D. Satellite (the first few tracks are amazing). It's the wow factor that is missing from Alter Bridge! They are very accomplished as musicians but I can't help feeling they can do much much better.
In "One Day Remains", Myles Kennedy does have impressive vocals and he seems to effortlessly hit the notes. But it seems to me that he doesn't know how to get the most out of it. After a few songs I got tired of his droaning. It's like Maradona when he was 5 stone overweight.
So onto "Blackbird" and given the 5 star reviews I was hoping for a treat. The first track does not disappoint. Ties That Bind hits the spot! Strong riff to start, drums kick in, every now and then the offbeat, deep vocal start, more driving riffs, followed by power in the vocals. That little pause, that explosion of vocal, nothing new, but so well done! Cool!
But sadly the album fades from here...
The only other highlight is "Before Tomorrow Comes". Wow! Melodic opening, deep vocals again, the uplift of the vocals, the power of the song gives you the goosebumps, wahhh a ahhh a a awah, superb. This should be shouting single all the way up the charts!
Rise Today immediately follows but the lyrics remind me of a Def Leppard effort. Oh dear, so close but no cigar.
So what is wrong with this album? It's fair to say it's worth a listen. But how many people who buy it, will sort of initially like it and then shuffle it to the back of their collection.
Alter Bridge are defined by their guitar work and vocals. They need to play back the songs and be ruthless with anything less than perfect. Harsh but fair. Maybe a producer like Mutt Lang can turn them from very good and make the sound great. I'll buy the 3rd album with hope whenever it comes out. I hope the band are critcial with this one