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way off the mark
on 16 February 2014
Needless to say, I am a long time fan of the usual associations etc etc. Now, every review of this album I've seen on Amazon so far is clearly written by serious fans of whatever Stapp writes. There is nothing wrong with that. However, in terms of reviewing this offering with more subjectivity, this album is poor in my opinion.
Firstly, digging out the acoustic guitars for the majority of the album wouldn't cause me an issue if the music was challenging. But it is so basic and cliche ridden that I am honestly struggling to see what the fuss is about. I am not suggesting music has to be complicated to be good but is does have to be fresh and demonstrate talent above a high school aged busker in your local city centre. For a well established artist - I think we would all expect more of Mr Stapp.
Secondly, as an album it doesn't make any sense - and this comes from wildly varying sounds and production within the album. For example, the drums sounds great on some tracks and dire on others. That really winds me up as it sounds like a set of demos and final cuts - unprofessional.
Lastly, despite the occasional good hook and strong harmony it is all simply quite boring. And this saddens me as I like this guy! I cannot say I've ever been bored with any album Mark Tremonti has had a hand in writing. Should I compare artists? Some would say no, but there is absolutely no hiding from the fact that this hugely inferior in almost every way.
In summary, there is nothing here you 'must hear'. My copy is going to a charity shop.