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Set It Straight

Set It Straight: Live Your Heart and Never FollowLive Your Heart and Never Follow (2006)
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Set It Straight has dropped quite a number of releases since their inception, which couldn't have been much more than a few years ago. With already two splits and a previous full-length under their potentially vegan leather belts, hopefully the band isn't spreading themselves too thin, because while.
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Set It Straight has dropped quite a number of releases since their inception, which couldn't have been much more than a few years ago. With already two splits and a previous full-length under their potentially vegan leather belts, hopefully the band isn't spreading themselves too thin, because while Live Your Heart and Never Follow is definitely solid, it feels a few qualities short of greatness.

Live Your Heart and Never Follow is melody-tinged straight-edge hardcore heavily in the vein of bands like Staygold, with the occasional mini-breakdown rather cleanly integrated Ă¡ la Casey Jones. This makes for a compelling, enjoyable 34 minutes, chock full of creative guitar work, stop/starts and tempo changes, but still with spotty problems here and there.

Vocalist Harry Petty is hardly terrible, but he suffers a bit from a lack of variety and his sometimes atonal delivery, aside from more adventurous spots like in "Hourglass" and "Young Vices." Aside from him, it seems the band doesn't fully tread the ups and downs available in the time given per song (which tends to be around two-and-a-half minutes here); they're well-thought out but seemingly stop short of the adventurous quality they strive for.

The band is well-put with their beliefs, however. "Oblivious" is a confrontational piece challenging thoughtless, dancing audience members and, while a little cheesy, pleasingly declares "I am straight-edge / for my own fucking self / and no one else." On Live Your Heart Set It Straight simply asks for open minds but manage to simultaneously stray from overbearing on the topic and attempting to convert listeners.

While several friends make cameos here, none is more unexpected and dynamic-providing than Killing the Dream's Eli Horner; he serves up a refreshing, roughly screamed vocal counterpart in "Hourglass," and I can't think of many other active hardcore frontmen to properly relay that type of heightened intensity through voice alone.

For all the criticisms I have I should still make the point of how solid and non-alienating Live Your Heart and Never Follow is. Set It Straight may not be as accomplished as a fair number of their peers, but with an aggressive pacing, strong convictions and an ambitious sense of melody and songcraft they're well on their way.

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jakethelifeguard (October 19, 2007)

best live show ive seen

by far

Anonymous (March 8, 2007)

their music is ruling but i hear they do hella blow now, i heard curt eats babies as well

branden (March 1, 2007)

no divison is the worst hwm album ever(besides the new what next). overly poppy, corny, mushy, underpar tuneage all around.

Anonymous (March 1, 2007)

i love how straight edge kids live their hearts and follow each other to the Sharpie section of Office Depot before a show to put giant "X's" on their hands. I'm not sure that's what HWM had in mind. No Division was excellent, as were all the albums before it and none of the albums after it.

LeightonESmith (February 27, 2007)

no division was a great cd

LeightonESmith (February 27, 2007)

I dig this band! It was in my top 10 of last year. Just sweet hardcore. All their shit is great for fans of hardcore (straightedge or otherwise)

Amazingthemike (February 27, 2007)

This CD is great.

rkl (February 27, 2007)

wtf is "vegan leather?"

Anonymous (February 27, 2007)

No Divison by Hot Water Music is ridiculously underrated.

Anonymous (February 27, 2007)

This band is so cheesy, those lyrics lol!
-Electrickle

Ianw (February 27, 2007)

Everything about this makes me chordel.

Anonymous (February 27, 2007)

props to making your album title a HWM reference.

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