Review Summary: This type of thinking could do us in comes off as a band that has gone through alot and the album is a cohesive package which is accompanied with a surprising amount of maturity1 of 1 thought this review was well written
The brothers from Grayslake, Illinois have always had an uphill battle with the music industry starting with a lawsuit and now the departure of their bassist who was also their brother. But, the Loeffler boys seem poised to trudge along in their pursuit for melodic music.
Chevellle is still Chevelle and aren't a band that reinvents the wheel but accomplishes what it wants to do with a huge amount of aggression and variation-which is the album's strong point. The obvious and redundant Tool references won't stop here. But, Pete Loeffler's voice sounds unbelievably like Maynard James Keenan on alot of the tracks.
This is by no means a bad thing as the voice adds a mysterious and melodic dimension to Chevelle's music. One dimension though that seems to be missing somewhat is the impressive basslines that were so evident in past songs such as "Peer" and "An evening with el diablo". Joe Loeffler's basslines were nothing to write home about in the first place. This is one of the few flaws of "This type of thinking could do us in". Not entirely though, some songs do have a few good basslines as evidenced in "Another Know it all" and "The Clincher".
One thing that Chevelle has perfected down to a science is the song structure of quiet verse to swelling chorus. The boys seem to abandon this formula for the fantastic tracks "Still running" and "Get some" which have a sense of urgency not seen in most of Chevelle's songs.
The softer and mellower side of Chevelle isn't forgotten as evidenced by the beautiful "Panic Prone" and the dark and cryptic "Bend the bracket". The rest of the songs relie on brooding and abrasive hard rock most evidenced in the heavy and grooving "Another Know it all" which is a showcase for the rythm section and the long and epic "Emotional drought". All of the songs have something distinct about them. Vitamin R's three string harmonics and fantastic chorus to "The Clincher's" impressive riff. A notable mention is To Return's notable resemblance to "Closure" from "Wonder What's next" as it's an arm wrestle between power and ballad with no clear winner. The line "Poor boy became a slave to use" rings in your head for days like a siren. But the album also suffers from some uninspired songs in "Breach Birth" and " Tug-o-war" musically.
But what makes the album so great is its lyrical content. Every sng has a new and interesting topic. Pete Loeffler's lyrics are very abstract but once you get past it, there is an amazing amount of maturity found in all of the subject matter. Topics ranging from Satire to Claustrophobia and individuality to drugs. The theme of drugs as evidenced on Vitamin R is not the cliched and typical rock format (coughVelvetrevolvercough). But Chevelle has a more humorous yet dark take on Ritalin and the effects of it. Which not only makes the album more satisfying to listen to bu also makes you wonder "how can a band tackle such ranging subjects and still make it cohesive". Well, my friend Chevelle can and if your looking for a diverse and deep experience then This type of thinking could do us in is just your cup of tea.
Another know it all
Bend the bracket
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