Blindside
The Great Depression


4.5
superb

Review

by BlindGuy1012 USER (5 Reviews)
November 20th, 2006 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blindside's fifth release "The Great Depression" takes a bit of a new direction for them. It's dark, gloomy, and sad, not quite their best work, but still a great listen.

After Blindside’s front man Christian returned from South Africa, inspiration had hit him, and “The Great Depression” is what follows. They weren’t really planning on releasing an album so soon after “About A Burning Fire”, but they decided to go with it. This is definitely Blindside’s most experimental release to date. Blindside is definitely not a band that is afraid to change their sound, what with their first two albums being hardcore, and then their next two releases moving toward a more mainstream sound, “The Great Depression” isn’t a total remake of their sound, but they’ve tried incorporating new things like a little bit of electronics, while a couple of songs remind you of their older hardcore sound. Giving us something new and different, and not to mention a little dark, and well, depressed.

Blindside is:
Christian Lindskog - Vocals
Simon Grenehed - Guitar
Thomas Naslund - Bass
Marcus Dahlstrom- Drums

“The Great Depression” brings a lot of emotion into its music. Christian’s vocals are more raw and emotional on this album than their last records. The lyrics are deeper, and more personal. Relating to Christian and his experiences in South Africa, the mood of the album is sad and sorrowful, and yet songs like “When I Remember” still manage to be hopeful. “Sunshine breaks through the clouds/ I can cry out of sorrow and joy/ I’m not forgotten/ I feel sunshine in the rain” sings Christian. I think that in trying to keep the entire mood of the album dark it limited them in their creativity, and some of the tracks can drag on like “You Must Be Bleeding Under Your Eyelids” and “My Alibi”.

Instrumentally I don’t find anything extraordinary. Simon has never stood out to me as a top notch guitarist, but I can’t really find any faults that stand out either. He’s got some very catchy riffs in “Fell In Love With The Game”. Thomas on the bass isn’t half bad as well. He’s got some pretty good runs and intros throughout the album especially on “Ask Me Now”. The bass does tend to get drowned out like with so many other bands but when it’s audible it’s quite decent even if it can be a little simple. The drums I think are quite acceptable. Marcus does a great job at keeping the songs moving all the while throwing in some rolls here and there. The one thing that is stand out on this album and every other Blindside album is Christians vocals. His voice is just amazing. He can scream relentlessly, and sing captivatingly all the while so full of emotion. When you put these guys together I just can’t get enough of it.

Throughout the ten years that this band has been together the song structure they use does get abused, and a verse followed by a powerful chorus soon thereafter follows a bridge has been used for a majority of their songs. Sadly enough they still haven’t moved too far from this and this pattern has been used for a majority of the tracks on “The Great Depression” as well. This is probably their biggest downfall.

Some of my stand-out tracks from this album are “Yemkela” which is about a ten-year old with AIDS that Christian met in South Africa. It is one of the more hardcore tracks on the album. The screaming doesn’t ever stop and it’s just full throttle from beginning to end (besides a little guitar outro). The first single off the album is also one to look out for. “Fell In Love With The Game” is great. It features an incredibly catchy chorus and is all around a great song. My favorite part is the bridge were Christian sings “You take me by the hand and I grab you by the throat/ and we wrestle in the mud and the blood and the beer”. Maybe my favorite track “When I Remember” ends the album on a hopeful note. The chorus on this one is just epic and I’m not too sure what else makes me like this song so much. Probably by now you realize that I am a fan boy, and well it’s true. I really enjoy every track on the album.

Well to wrap it up, “The Great Depression” takes a few different steps than their previous releases. Some of the bad is that most of the songs have the same pattern, and while trying to keep the same mood a few of the songs can drag on. While some good is that this album feels a little more raw and full of emotion. Christian’s vocals as always are outstanding. All around I think this is a great album Blindside tried some new things, and while I don’t think it’s quite as good as “About A Burning Fire” or “Silence” I also don’t think it’s that far from it.


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rmgebhardt
January 2nd 2007


32 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A 4.5? Seriously? This was quite easily their weakest effort. The songs were bland, lacked the emotion you supposedly think they had, and just couldn't live up to anything from the band's discography.

It should have been titled "The Great Disappointment" not "The Great Depression".

BlindGuy1012
January 3rd 2007


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album was an experimental step for them, and I think they did a great job incorporating a lot of new things into there sound. The whole album is dark and brooding, setting the mood perfectly for a "depression".

They've had better albums yes, but I still think this is fantastic.

NeverFading14
January 3rd 2007


380 Comments


This is my favorite album by them, It takes quite a few listens to get into though. Great review man, I can't wait for blindside's next cd

BlindGuy1012
January 3rd 2007


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know. I'm so pumped for their new album. I can't wait to see what they do next.

eugene1129
February 27th 2007


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

blindside is an awesome band rivaling many mainstream un-christian band----with the great depression they prove that they are capable of creating awesome music

jrowa001
February 27th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, at first i was a bit disappointed with overly-used same song structure, but as time went on it grew on me and the emotion put into this album started to seek through. Blindside are one of my favorite bands and i cant wait to hear whats next from them (maybe something that sounds like their early stuff would be awesome)

BlindGuy1012
February 27th 2007


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It would be pretty sweet if they sounded like their earlier stuff, but whatever they do I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy it ( most likely a lot)

jrowa001
February 27th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah it would. not so much exactly like their older stuff, but if they incorporate the more hardcore stuff they did. im sure ill like whatever they do a lot

BlindGuy1012
March 1st 2007


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, a bit more of their hardcore stuff would be awesome. I'm so very excited to hear new stuff from these guys.

NeverFading14
March 2nd 2007


380 Comments


I kinda hope they do the same thing they did on the great depression. I disliked their cd Silence a lot. A thought crushed my mind just kinda put me to sleep. I like blindside when they take a more mellow sound

BlindGuy1012
March 2nd 2007


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You disliked Silence yet you seem to have rated it a 5. So I guess Silence was a little too mellow, because I would think that it is probably their mellowest album.

It seems your kind of contradicting yourself.

NeverFading14
March 2nd 2007


380 Comments


Mm yeah my ratings are messed up and i have no idea how to fix them

BlindGuy1012
March 2nd 2007


252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Under the track listing of the album it shows you what you rated the album. Next to it is an x that you can click on to delete your rating and then you can redo it.

scarsremain
November 26th 2007


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This CD sucks


botb
November 26th 2007


9778 Comments


This CD sucks


no, this cd is great. You have britney spears and linkin park at fucking 5's. you can't criticize music until you have found out how to listen to good music.

scarsremain
December 7th 2007


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

britney spears was meant as a joke when i first started going to this site. And now that i listen to The Great Depression more i see why everyone likes it so much. I stand by my mtm rating though

altairschaos56
December 7th 2007


362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah!!! Go scars!!! Stand up for what you believe in!!! LP RULES

scarsremain
December 10th 2007


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you chaos

scarsremain
January 8th 2008


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i want everyone to disregard my previous this cd sucks comment as it is one of my favorite CD's right now

Donul
February 11th 2009


51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

see, thats the thing with this cd:
at first you think, what the heck??? Silence was megafantastic, AABF was still good but what is this? Thats not the blindside i know! But after some while it just draws u kinda back to it^^
props to the guys for not making commercial music or going with the flow but rather just making the music that they want...



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