Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Worse Than A Fairy Tale


3.5
great

Review

by Michael Roberts USER (99 Reviews)
August 20th, 2007 | 42 replies | 11,359 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cutting out their more cliché elements, Drop Dead, Gorgeous returns with a sound as unrelenting and intense as the concept. With the concept and style of music matching near flawlessly, WTAFT is quite the eerie ride.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

With twelve vicious murders in less then a year, the tiny town of Saylor Lake, Colorado had its history redefined. The small town went into hysteria; panic overtook the residents, people abandoned their homes, and a psychopath killer remained on the loose. It is not by coincidence that the number of murders in that story and tracks on this record are equal, as Drop Dead, Gorgeous’ second full length effort Worse Than A Fairy Tale is a concept album. The group tells the story from the mind of the killer and the residents throughout the record. In the process of doing so they even drop plenty of their cliché core elements, bringing to the table a much improved album from their debut. With the concept and style of music matching near flawlessly, Drop Dead, Gorgeous takes listeners on a creepy journey full of rich and eerie atmospheres.

To capture the feelings present during this time of tragedy and fear, one would definitely want an atmosphere to be undeniable. A glance at the album cover reveals a madman with newspaper clippings pinned to a wall. Feelings of frustration, obsession, and fright race through the minds of all observing while the disorder of the clippings suggests chaos. These exact feelings are transferred into the tunes, especially the chaos. Gone are the verse chorus structures with the predictable hook repeated over and over. In their place are more frenzied and erratic tracks. Superb production keeps things from being excessively raw and the frontman’s vocal improvement makes things much more listenable. Absent are the wild, gut wrenching shrieks and in their place are more controlled but equally emotional screams, growls and yells which portray the sheer madness of the story perfectly.

Musically things follow the same trend and really are a step up. The album blends together elements of post hardcore and metalcore quite successfully. As previously stated the song structures, or lack of are miles ahead of their debut. No gimmicky choruses repeated three times per song, no recycled vocal melodies, and no repetitive keyboard bridges and interludes are found here. In their place are more unconventionally structured tracks which rely on tempo changes, quick section jumps, and shifts in atmosphere(s). Guitars play a blend of octave chords, and a large variety of riffs laced with the perfect amount of dissonance. In terms of intensity, there is plenty. But with the way the record is produced the dissonant chords don’t jump out as much as they did in their debut. This works out wonderfully as with them lower in the mix, atmosphere can really stand out and take the focus. However, the downside to this is that after awhile the guitar work can become quite repetitive and while always fitting to the record’s concept and themes, repetition does set in. Where repetition does not set is in the breakdowns. While there’s a handful present, the controlled number makes them much more enjoyable and infinitely more effective. Overall, despite there still being room for more improvement, some enjoyable progressions, riffs and odd structures are laid down making development noticeable in the guitar department.

Where the record really shines is with the way its concept is presented and brought to life. It is truly amazing how much well performed atmospheres can benefit an album. Keys really take things away as once again this member seems to stand as one of the most talented in the band. The thick and rich atmospheres he lays down perfectly compliment the guitar work and once the brutally belted screams come out atop of it all the end result is infectious. As previously stated keys mainly play background overtones to capture the dark, frightful, and sadistic themes. However, they do not completely limit themselves to this style and when they break out and play a brief lick during a passage, it is equally as successful. The sparing vocal and key bridge really makes for an intriguing and eerie ride. Even drums shine as some oddly timed beats with a few extra snare hits then the norm help the fury to a new height. Just about the only complaint with the concept is that at times the lyrics can get cheesy. In terms of sound, this concept is executed to darn near perfection. And yes I’m still talking about Drop Dead, Gorgeous.

It must look awful on paper; and if not awful then just plain unbelievable. But the truth is Drop Dead, Gorgeous have dropped their gimmicky mainstream elements and returned with a jaw dropping, fascinating, and just plain creepy concept album. Vocally and musically the album is about as frenzied and intense as the story is tells. Coupled with some finely tuned atmospheres incorporating snyth, keys, samples and even violins, fear is captured to the fullest extent. As the album progresses the atmosphere only thickens, as if to flawlessly correspond to the story. There is no question that the concept is what makes this record truly shine. But the overall improvements within the band individually and especially in terms of song arrangements and writing are nothing to overlook either. So go right ahead, put on the record and get sucked into its story. Wait for your hairs to slowly stand up, for your breath to go short and for your body to go numb. Results may vary, but those are indeed some of the side affects to Worse Than A Fairy Tale.

Recommended Tracks…
Drawing The Devil
Worse Than A Fairy Tale
It Sounded Like an Accident
Donner Party of Five
Bye Bye Blues (The Whole West Coast is Ruined)

Final Rating: 3.5/5



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ToWhatEnd
August 20th 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No tracks mentioned in the review, hope it still worked out. I'm also a tad ashamed at myself for getting into this as much as I have.This Message Edited On 08.20.07

plane
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2007



6073 Comments


I highly doubt it, but good review nonetheless. Mentioning actually tracks specifically might have helped round out what the album sounds like, but you did a good job otherwise.

robin2220
August 20th 2007



569 Comments


In Vogue was terrible. I would never get this.

Otisbum
August 20th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I heard a few songs by this band off their PureVolume. I think they were good, but this was like a year ago that I listened to them.

EDIT: And good review.

EDIT2: And they've got the whole album up on their PureVolume, so I'll listen to it.

EDIT3: It's pretty good.This Message Edited On 08.20.07

PhoenixRising
August 20th 2007



277 Comments


Getting this just because of the review. Nice job.

ToWhatEnd
August 20th 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh God please listen to some tracks first. If you don't like it I'll feel bad.

PhoenixRising
August 20th 2007



277 Comments


meh, no biggie I'm made of money. j/k ;)

robin2220
August 20th 2007



569 Comments


I listened to this and thought it was meh.This Message Edited On 08.20.07

ToWhatEnd
August 21st 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I'm sure plenty will think that. I thought that for the first two or three listens then the concept really sucked me in. But even if you don't like this so much it is a definite step up from their debut.

soldyoursoul
August 21st 2007



54 Comments


Your review was written well, but this album was horrible. I understand what they were going for (and you described it perfectly) but it's just not my cup of tea.
In Vogue was pretty bad, but it was really catchy, and the screaming was vicious.
Instrumentally and lyrically, this album is a huge step up. But the vocals, the whining and moaning, drive me insane. The only good parts of In Vogue were the screaming parts, as his voice is very, very bad.
I honestly can't listen to any track but "Drawing the devil", which I enjoy.

kalkal50
August 23rd 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this review was very good, will listen to this in about 10 minutes

LifeInABox
August 23rd 2007



3707 Comments


These guys kinda suck a lil' bit.

Confessed2005
August 23rd 2007



3314 Comments


They blow hard.

kalkal50
August 23rd 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is the worst album i've heard in a while, wow, AWFUL

sukottokairu
September 4th 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like this album a lot actually,
They definitely went a step up from the last record musically
And the concept is much better than some of the lame concepts i've heard
Although its definitely not going to be everyones cup of tea,
They have a new unique style with this record, so give it a chance.

Zimbabwe
September 6th 2007



9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just bought this album. And it is one of the best hardcore albums I've heard in a while. I think Danny Stillman's voice is one of the best out there. It's really unique and youthful. The concept is awesome. The whole album is just amazing.

DWittisarockstar
September 12th 2007



1501 Comments


I want this

AndrewRocksSox
September 22nd 2007



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is definitely something you need to listen to to believe. What irks me the most is when people insist they suck now because they got rid of the 30 minutes non stop breakdown and screaming. Yes, I loved In Vogue, not for the lyrics (sucked immensely), not for well..anything, BUT, the insane amount of energy you got from listening to it. I didn't have high hopes for them in the lyric department, but anything was improvement. Especially when I heard it would be a CONCEPT album.

I give them kudos for doing this, to bad their fans don't understand you can't make a second album of one giant breakdown. If you wanted that just play In Vogue on repeat.

ToWhatEnd
September 23rd 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have older fans really been trashing this? That's just really sad...

spades777
September 29th 2007



17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Huge step up from in vogue, however the vocals range from tolerable to embarrasingly bad... strange considering the vicious screams are the only thing that made me compelled to ever listen to in vogue.



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