Ashes Divide
Keep Telling Myself It's Alright


3.0
good

Review

by Archibald C. Burke USER (37 Reviews)
September 1st, 2008 | 7 replies | 1,280 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first solo project from A Perfect Circle mastermind/multi-instrumentalist/composer Billy Howerdel.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Former Tool, Nine Inch Nails, etc. (the list goes on) guitar-tech and founding member of A Perfect Circle (alongside Tool’s Maynard James Keenan), multi-instrumentalist Billy Howerdel showcases his own musical vision with his solo project Ashes Divide. As a major driving force behind APC, Howerdel’s Keep Telling Myself Its Alright sees remnants of his past outfit (still technically only on hiatus) in the general soundscape of the disc. This isn’t without good reason, as former A Perfect Circle band-mates Josh Freese (drums) and Paz Lechantin (has writing credits on several tracks, believed to have recorded bass for the album) contribute to Howerdel’s songs; Maynard’s son Devo also makes an appearance on the record, playing the cello. So far the young album has spawned the single The Stone, and put out a video to support it. This isn’t the strongest track on the record, as something like Denial Waits seems like a catchier exhibition.

It’s easy to pass judgement on the work here when compared to its predecessor band – this comes somewhat naturally considering the overall soundscape of the project. However, Howerdel was a major driving force behind APC, and a similar sound should be expected as a result. There is a sense when listening to the album that a more diverse sound could be achieved by the addition of actual band members, rather than Billy taking control of every aspect. Though the project doesn’t seem to have the force behind it that A Perfect Circle did, Billy’s solo work may yet live up to the commercial success of the former. Regardless, he’s been able to put forth his own work, and with it seemingly honest and whole-hearted approach.



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SnackaryBinx
September 1st 2008



2309 Comments


this should be a soundoff.

you could branch out on so much more. the lyrics, how the songs relate to each other, how it flows, how good is the musicianship, how good are the vocals, etc.

PayneTiger777
September 1st 2008



4387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What? lol

marksellsuswallets
September 1st 2008



4848 Comments


You said absolutely nothing about the way music or lyrics or songs or album as a whole...I know the same amount of stuff about this album as I did before...which is nothing

Erratic
September 1st 2008



1120 Comments


All of your reviews are really short. Start making them longer or make them soundoffs.

flancexander
September 1st 2008



32 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

boring, boring album.

psilocybin
September 1st 2008



74 Comments


Your use of the word 'soundscape' is questionable, in fact probably incorrect in the contexts you used it.

CrazyFool84
September 2nd 2008



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Has anyone read an actual music review? This website seems to stress that you write a novella for a review, which eventually drives the reader away from finishing the thing.

And yeah, I'm sure the use of the word soundscape is questionable...get a life?



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