We Are Masked
Paradigm


2.5
average

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
July 19th, 2008 | 20 replies | 7,389 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fair to Midland-lite

To get an accurate assessment of We Are Masked's debut album, Paradigm, simply think back to Fair to Midland's most recent record, Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True. Only take out Matt Langley's tranquil keyboards, dramatically tone down the heaviness – and by extension the band's metal influences. Ditch the big choruses, the variation, and the weirdness. You can probably forget the band's art rock label, as well. Oh, and throw in the occasional guitar solo here and there. Essentially, it sounds like Darroh Sudderth is singing over a shell of what Fair to Midland strives to accomplish. And as grating as that may be, it's made all the worse by We Are Masked's tendency to give the listener short glimpses of untapped talent, before burying it in the mediocrity that becomes the norm far too often.

As it stands, Paradigm isn't necessarily a poor effort, but it is fairly dull and unimaginative in most areas. We Are Masked is a young band, and the inexperience is evident throughout the near entirety of the record. Paradigm is not a very confident sounding album, and much of time it feels as though the three-piece is holding back. James Abbott's riffs are pedestrian, yet somehow overpower Cameron Fitzpatrick's mostly inaudible bass guitar and Vincent Russell's drumming. As mentioned earlier, Fitzpatrick, who also handles the vocals, bears a significant semblance to Darroh Sudderth. While his bizarre singing style is a bit conservative and one-dimensional, Fitzpatrick's efforts are one of Paradigm's few bright spots, and he especially shines on the album's first track, "The Cliché". On "Our Eyes and Weaving Fingers", the other two members of We Are Masked manage to keep up with their singer, propelling the track to standout status – a prestige limited to only one other song, that being "Quiet". Paradigm's undisputedly strongest song, the track is a departure from the band's alt rock affinities in favour of folkier influences. Solely acoustic, "Quiet" not only provides a much needed change in tempo for the record (though it's too little, too late, unfortunately), but more importantly sounds the fullest and most distinct of any song We Are Masked has to offer.

Of course, it wouldn't be fair to write off We Are Masked after one album. Fair to Midland had The Carbon Copy Silver Lining, after all, and though it is admittedly (much) stronger than Paradigm, the two records are quite similar to one another. As with The Carbon Copy Silver Lining, We Are Masked's debut features a reserved band unsure of what they're trying to accomplish or convey. Given the quality of "Quiet", however, then I'm confident that the North Carolina based act should be able to pull of something nice in the coming years.



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brandtweathers
July 19th 2008



2007 Comments


why the flying **** aren't you staff?

SHOOTME
July 19th 2008



2393 Comments


They probably aren't looking for new people... sadly.

foreverendeared
July 19th 2008



14678 Comments


pretty good review albeit short. i'll keep these guys in mind in the future

brandtweathers
July 19th 2008



2007 Comments


what are you talking about? this guys has 202 reviews. he's legendary.

brandtweathers
July 19th 2008



2007 Comments


echo echo echo

brandtweathers
July 19th 2008



2007 Comments


yeah! what he said! we're awesome
prussian blue fanclub fo life!This Message Edited On 07.19.08

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2008



15730 Comments


idk why mike's not staff

i guess the gripe is he writes the same review over and over but so does zebra so...

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

SnackaryBinx
July 19th 2008



2309 Comments


tbh, I don't think he's written enough reviews to be considered.

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 20th 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

how many more do you think i need to write?!

FooFighters123
July 20th 2008



73 Comments


5000

And not a review less.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2008



15730 Comments


over nine THOUSAND

FooFighters123
July 20th 2008



73 Comments


infinity

I win.

brandtweathers
July 20th 2008



2007 Comments


seriously tho. there should be a voting system for that kind of thing

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2008



15730 Comments


you guys arent hip enough to get my references

FooFighters123
July 20th 2008



73 Comments


I guess I don't have many hipster internet points, do i?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2008



15730 Comments


or hipster dragonball z points

FooFighters123
July 20th 2008



73 Comments


yeah i am pretty much missing out

jameswam
July 21st 2008



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey Mike! We just found this review.

We would love to talk with you in further detail about your thoughts and have you elaborate a bit. We are still a young band and want to grow and improve as much as possible. We are very receptive to constructive criticism.

Please send us an email at wearemasked@gmail.com and we can talk!

Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing back from you!

- James
www.myspace.com/wearemasked

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2008



2667 Comments


oh snap
Great review, though. I want to give these guys a shot just for mentioning Fair to Midland as often as you did in the review. I need something to tide me over until their next release, even if these guys are FtM-lite.

willfellmarsy
August 30th 2008



3849 Comments


if the band really gave their own album a 5 they are fail...maybe i'll check this out tho...i'm not quite sure if i'll get this but i'll definitely check them out down the road (and by definitely i mean if i remember this one comment sometime in the distant future which most likely won't happen) review gets the job done...



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