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The Spill Canvas

The Spill Canvas: No Really, I'm FineNo Really, I'm Fine (2007)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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There are times that occasionally arise when I wish I could assign a release a higher score based on something other than the music therein. The production value on Bullet for My Valentine's latest DVD, for example, easily deserves a 10/10. The cutely inane artwork on Limbeck's self-titled is surely.
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There are times that occasionally arise when I wish I could assign a release a higher score based on something other than the music therein. The production value on Bullet for My Valentine's latest DVD, for example, easily deserves a 10/10. The cutely inane artwork on Limbeck's self-titled is surely worth more than the 7/10 I handed the album. And the Spill Canvasâ?¦well, they're just really nice guys. Dragged around the Warped Tour by my girlfriend, she eventually decided she wanted her ticket signed by the Spill Canvas. I suggested it was cheesy and a waste of time, but then again who was I to argue? After all, I had accompanied her to Warped Tour against my better judgment in the first place and I wasn't about to go question the standard practices at such an event. And so while the machismo punk vendors sat in the comfort and shade of their tents, calling people "faggots" and griping about God knows what, the Spill Canvas sat at a table, unprotected from the blistering sun, and must have signed at least 200 autographs in the ten minutes I stood in line. And on the quixotic grounds of placating a significant other, I couldn't have been any happier with that "performance."

Unfortunately, these collective words do not exist to linger in warm memories, but to provide a fair assessment of No Really, I'm Fine, the latest offering from Sioux Falls' the Spill Canvas. Former Nodes of Ranvier screamer Nick Thomas mans the helm of this oft-acoustic emo vessel, which makes comparisons to Chris Carrabba and his musical devolution seem more tangible than they really are. I mean, "Christian hardcore frontman starts acoustic side project, leaving behind former band as new emo outlet blossoms to full-band capacity" could be stamped on either party, but it wouldn't well describe how the Spill Canvas sounds. In all actuality, somewhere between the All-American Rejects and Matchbox 20 there was a niche waiting to be filled, and the Spill Canvas rushed in.

The borderline radio-friendly rock has its ups and downs on No Really, I'm Fine, which haphazardly mold this uneven album. The upbeat "Reckless Abandonment" and "The Truth" open promisingly, as the former spits some unexpected venom from the normally passive lyricist: "I'm not concerned with all those little pricks and all their little scenes / But I do believe in those who try to do their best before they die." All too often though, No Really has to dig itself out of its own graves -- like the atrocious Nickelback-cum-eyeliner melody in "Low Fidelity" -- before it can stagger on to its less trite attempts like the brash, Spitalfield-sounding "Bleed, Everyone's Doing It": "Don't get distracted by the puppet show of politicians / They put one on every single year / Take all excuses your fear produces and line â??em up in a row / We're gonna execute them, then salute them, and let our courage grow."

Into the valleys of this capricious rollercoaster, there's a surplus of predictable components to the standard emotional rock arsenal. Strings pop up on both "Appreciation and the Bomb" and "Lullaby," the album's token tearjerker ballad. The cheesy melodramatic vocals are hard to bear, but Thomas' mastery of the thoughtful yet oh so emo diction is hard to dismiss, as he affectionately reports in "One Thing Is for Sure," "There are things in this world that I don't understand / Like love, war, gravity, and the lay of the land / All of these remain mysteries, but one thing is for sure: You are worth living for." While the romantically content me of current is only mildly drawn in by such lovelorn proclamations, the post-breakup me of two years ago would have eaten it right up.

No Really, I'm Fine is about as middle of the road as any polarizing emo act today could hope (?) to achieve. Sure, we're not talking anything outside of the typical cookie cutter concoction, but spread evenly between the overcooked and undercooked of the baking sheet are a handful of tender creations that turn out just how they're supposed to.

 


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almosttragichero (February 22, 2008)

This review was accurate I think, while they are nice guys, this album just didn't cut it for me. Previous albums have really almost mesmerized me close to cult-worship, but this is just one of those albums that I could live without.

Matt_Spazz (January 21, 2008)

I'll admit it-that "Staple-gunned" song was pretty catchy...but I really don't see how the rest of this guys songs are entertaining.

GlassPipeMurder (January 20, 2008)

"Borderline"?

basically I meant it's not as catchy as it should be, though trying.

dumhed01 (January 19, 2008)

(This seriously sounds like Alien Ant Farm again, like, a lot.)

When did it sound like Alien Ant Farm before?

givemeamuseumandillfillit (January 19, 2008)

"In all actuality, somewhere between the All-American Rejects and Matchbox 20 there was a niche waiting to be filled, and the Spill Canvas rushed in.".

This sentence gives me a great idea of what they sound like now, until..

"The borderline radio-friendly rock..."

"Borderline"?

inagreendase (January 18, 2008)

This seriously sounds like Alien Ant Farm again, like, a lot.

damnitsderek (January 18, 2008)

I won't lie, I liked "The Tide".

After that, man. BROO-TAL.

branden (January 18, 2008)

nickleback cum... ewwwww

moneenerd (January 18, 2008)

great review.

steveman (January 18, 2008)

This guy had a lot of promise early on, but it just seems to go downhill more with each show or album. I think in a way playing with a full band killed it. I remember seeing him when it was just him, and the guitar was so much more intricate and interesting. Now it's simplified and boring.

I was at a show, shortly after he started playing with a full band, where he told me he didn't think he could remember how to play the tide.

avenge_the_dead (January 18, 2008)

And this review again proves why I don't trust this sites reviews.

thus_spoke_sean (January 18, 2008)

I thought he played guitar in Nodes? No?

xote (January 18, 2008)

Jesus this must be terrible.

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