No matter what kind of a big hater of nu-metal you are, you must admit that this record, Break the circle, is ...well...listenable. By this I mean that you can actually listen to this CD and think "why the hell is this still on, if I hate it so much?". That's the first impression I had, at least.
I’ll get started with the music, of course, and the a little compilation of the whole thing.
Open your eyes
- A good opener. Not the best song of the album, but at least keep your attention up. The bass line is quite good, and so are drums. The intro is very nu-metalish, so it either gets you or just scares you away. 7/10.
- Another song that won't grow on you. Ohter than a little break in-between, there's just a lot of Aaron singing about a lot of...well...er...his suffering or something like that...not a favorite. 5/10
- One of the singles off this record, it's quite ...well... funnier to listen to than the other 2 tracks... the bass line is pretty much the center of attention, and drums are quite good in here. As most of the lyrics around this record, this one is about being abandoned, or not having "someone to talk to". You know, typical nu-metal lyrics...8/10
It's been a while
- If you haven't listened to this song, you must have lived under a rock all 2000...and maybe never watched "the butterfly effect". Anyway, this song is THE song that made me buy this album, so it must be one of the best songs written by this band. Everything seems to fit quite greatly, vocals, guitar, drums, bass, and it's just one of those songs you must remember to burn n a CD, in case your girl dumps you. 10/10
Not my favorite song, but again, bass saves the day. Lyrics are about...er...maybe feeling bad about something...don't really like this one, sound kinda like a filler. Listem to the little scream at the end...very 90's...XD 3/10
- Too...much...screaming... Musically it's an OK song, but lyrically...well...you know… Well, actually what saves this song is the acoustic version of this song played on MTV unplugged. I prefer that version. If you can, DL it and see which one you like the most. 6/10 (studio) and 9/10 (live acoustic version)
- Another single. The video is...weird...looks kinda like the whole art of the CD, but I don't understand all the ghost. Good song, though, lyrics are a little improved, and...well...I like it better than the rest of the songs...8/10
- A slow, hard rocking song...put it on to get a little depressed, a little bad, or when you feel like painting. I don’t like it much, so...6/10
Warm safe place
- Instrumentally interesting. Another great track, gets you going. Lyrics are about love, about coming back and feeling her around your arms...very mushy, yet quite an interesting track. 8.5/10
- Another "I’m very-hurt-about-my-childhood/teenage years-that-you-forgot-but-I-don't" song. Nonetheless, it's quite a good song, if you leave by a side the bad lyrics...well...not bad...just too repetitive by this point. All instruments are very good in here. Oh, this was a single, too. 8/10
- The other song you probably never heard about "wink, wink". This one was also a single, and was big-time exploited. Lyrics are good, not outstanding, but quite understandable and poppy. So...people like it...what can we do about it? 8/10
- Another ballad...but this one's boring and won't keep your attention...I hope...5/10
- Another boring track...just skip it or put stop. 2/10
Outside (live version)
- ...an extra track featuring Fred Durst...nothing but an acoustic guitar...not good enough to keep listening...yet a nice way to fill up a CD...
So, this was it... a CD full of weird moments and bad tracks... But hey, this is just a record about good relationships, bad relationships and about children's bad childhood. You want to feel a little depressed? go ahead and buy this album. It'll help you go through the bad times. Not an outstanding record, just a little above mediocre to me, because the worthy tracks were singles...and they weren’t those many.