Senses Fail - From the Depths of Dreams (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

Senses Fail

From the Depths of Dreams (2003)


Senses Fail is nothing more than your average New Jersey "emo-core" band, taking elements from every single hit "emo-core" band and putting them into one mega "emo-core" song, making them insanely popular in NJ, "emo-core" capital of the freaking world. I really hope you all picked up on how I put "emo-core" in quotes.

The fact that I am from Jersey, the state that this band hails from, makes me like them even less, for their contrived sound has won them countless numbers of fans in Jersey who admire other bands such as Taking Back Sunday and The Used. It's sickening to see how a band so unoriginal has gotten so large. Maybe it's just me, but I really do dislike this band.

Bias aside, their new album, From The Depths Of Dreams, out on Drive-Thru Records, will be eaten up not only by Jersey kids, but by kids everywhere, simply because it takes everything that is "right" in the genre and mixes it up into one giant unoriginal EP of eight songs. Senses Fail has got everything down pat; the whiney lead vocalist, the countless uses of backup vocals (a la Taking Back Sunday), and the weak lyrics of heartache. Above all though, the lyrics stand out like a sore thumb, solely for being simple ridiculous. A prime example of this can be found in the leadoff track, "Stephen": "November 10th, a cold dark night. You could feel that something wasn't right. That night many hearts did cry, when we learned we had to say goodbye." I can put my money on it that Stephen is turning in his grave right now. The lyrics are written with the "soul" and "passion" of a cardboard box, and it honestly seems like Senses Fail rhymes lyrics just for the sake of rhyming.

As far as the songs go, there is no variety or departure from the whole Taking Back Sunday / Brand New style. The opener, the aforementioned "Stephen", starts out promising, but falls into the trap of repeated lyrics and riffs for four minutes straight. "Free Fall Without A Parachute" is not nearly as bad, but the female vocals towards the end kill the song. "Bloody Romance" would be my pick if I had to take a favorite song off this CD. It's fairly solid all the way through. "Dreaming A Reality" is a straight-up boring five minute long crapfest, and "The Ground Folds" isn't that much better, although the intro to the latter song doesn't sound all that bad (the vocals kill it though). "One Eight Seven" is probably the "heaviest" and "angriest" song on the album, with plenty of unwelcome (and bad) screaming, especially towards the end, where the vocalist absolutely SPILLS all of his emotion out all over everyone as he so woefully screams "I'll stab you one time - I'll eat your heart out - So you feel my pain - Don't you know that I always see you in all of my dreams? - I wanna kill you!" I feel his pain (as well as hers, because, come on, he's eating her heart out!). "Handguns And Second Chances" seems filler, as it was added to the Drive-Thru release of this, for this is a re-release of their EP. An acoustic version of "The Ground Folds" ends the CD, as well as what little tolerance I had for this band.

In short, this is nothing you haven't heard before. It is contrived, bland, and unoriginal, and not worth your time. Save your money.

Standout Tracks:

"Bloody Romance"
"Freefall Without A Parachute"