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Love Equals Death: NightmericaNightmerica (2006)
Fat Wreck Chords
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: sickboiChris
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I try to have an open mind about music. I respect the bands Fat chooses to sign, because generally they donít let me down. Unfortunately, disappointment is bound to happen sooner or later.
I want you to be my lover,But I regress. There are certainly some great songs on this album. Chon has great range in his vocals, and the musicanship is extremely tight, even on the tracks I didn't care for. I donít have a bias against the love songs or slow jams, but I really think these fellas should work on establishing a firm identity on their sound before expanding in so many directions. This record is just all over the map. One minute weíve got some Goth Bay hardcore, the next weíve got Morrissey.
We're jolted by another curveball on the album closer, "Truth Has Failed." Ironically, this one is really a great song. The slower, piano-driven melody intermingled with acoustic guitars and softer backing vocals blend into a very harmonically pleasing end to a seemingly chaotic record. Maybe this was the initial intention, but my focus dwindled along the way.
Let me stress again, Love Equals Death is not a bad band, and Nightmerica has some really good songs. But the album itself lacks direction and seems almost rushed. Had a few songs been plucked to put out an EP, or maybe the band focused on a style, and then moved towards evolving that into another sound, they could be HUGE. But thereís just too much going on for one album. Especially from a band that many are not too familiar with.
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