Chiodos
All's Well That Ends Well


3.0
good

Review

by Justin Taslak USER (30 Reviews)
September 29th, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Both better and worse than people make it out to be, All's Well That Ends Well is baby steps above decent.

ChiodosAll’s Well That Ends Well

Criminally overrated and underrated is Chiodos’ full-length debut, All’s Well That Ends Well. The praise it sparks (among rabid fans) is primarily in response to vocalist Craig Owens and his ridiculously high voice, with this also being the source of incessant criticism. There isn’t anything out of the ordinary with the blend of pop punk and post-hardcore they play, save for maybe the addition of a keyboard, but it stands out amongst the sea of popular garbage that is around today. It’s semi-technical instrumentally, inventive if you’re looking at the song titles and the frequent awkward sounding tones, and at the same time it’s catchy enough for the radio and millions upon millions of plays on Myspace. The latter could be Craig Owens again.

Already I’ve probably made it clear that Owens is the centerpiece of Chiodos, whether you love him or hate him. He is essentially a poor band’s Anthony Green; it seems like he can hit the same highs, but they are far whinier and often painful, and his screams unfortunately sound like a deranged Scooby Doo. He also pales in comparison to Green live, but so do many others. It is easy to assume that a lot of production is used to gloss up his voice, even if it makes it regularly irritating. That said, if one can’t enjoy his vocals, there are songs where it’s easy to put them aside and enjoy the other musical aspect of the band, the instrumentals. Very seldom does the band fail on both fronts during the course of a single song.

They are rarely perfect though. Other than There’s No Penguins In Alaska and No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room, a single song will have occasional iffy moments, if not just plain bad moments. We’re Gonna Have Us A Champagne Jam is packed with interesting guitar and piano riffs and chords, but the vocals are some of the worst on the album, and on an album where the quality of the vocals is mediocre, that is saying a lot. The Words “Best Friend” Become Redefined has an explosive start fueled by guitar, followed by a soft piano section, but there is nothing special to follow. It all becomes somewhat repetitive after the initial listen, not so much because the music is all the same, but the vocals never do anything new within the album, and the songs are consistently structure-less. It would also be nice to hear some more bass, but to generalize, the intended audience doesn’t really care.

With All’s Well That Ends Well, Chiodos created a moderately solid but exceptionally opinion-based album. The vocals inevitably stand as the reason to enjoy or loathe it, regardless of whether the instrumental aspect of the band is superior to your run of the mill popular Myspace band, although in some places they even resort to recycling. I somewhat feel that it’s a positive that people listen to and love Chiodos, because like they did for me, they will help one transition from this sort of pop-influenced music with alarming and frowned upon vocals to far superior music. A few of their better tracks here are worth checking out, but only buy All’s Well That Ends Well if you love Craig Owens to death.

Top 3:

No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room
There’s No Penguins In Alaska
One Day Women Will All Become Monsters

Stinkers:

Who’s Sandie Jenkins – the only redeeming quality about this song is its 2-minute runtime. An absolute disgusting piece of music, if one could even call it that.

Baby, You Wouldn’t Last A Minute On The Creek – a nice opening riff is followed by excessive Craig Owens singing that is blatantly over-produced, and the song is repetitive.

Score: 3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bustyagunz
September 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is highly unnecessary, because Insect's review was excellent and shared my exact sentiments, other than myself liking this a tad bit more.
but i felt compelled to review this, seeing as ive had it for 2 years now and will listen to it a bit every month or two.

bastard
September 29th 2008


3435 Comments


pretty good review

but I hate craig's crappy voice.

bustyagunz
September 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks as always bastard/shootme/max, and yea, occasionally i make it seem like i like them and then make it seem like i hate them, but essentially, when the instruments are good enough, they are passable. if not........

badtaste
September 29th 2008


824 Comments


Solid review.

McP3000
September 29th 2008


3941 Comments


why are these guys under post-hardcore?


Abaddon2005
September 29th 2008


684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good review but this album is poop. they did get better though.

marksellsuswallets
September 29th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I swear I'm like one of the only people that enjoys Craig's voice

Serpento
September 29th 2008


2351 Comments


one of my friends does too

he is not well

fireaboveicebelow
September 29th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I remember going to the mall with a friend, he bought this cd, put it on in the car, and immediately threw it out the window

bustyagunz
September 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think its enjoyable in places and in small doses, @ mark, and yea this album gets too much poop solely on his voice. i was even considering giving this a 3.5 but its just a tad bit repetitive

scalara
September 29th 2008


71 Comments


but craig really is awful

bustyagunz
September 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

but the instruments are so much better than almost all the other **** gettin popular on myspace, and the vocals are aimed at certain audiences
while i agree that they are pretty bad, they shouldnt bring this whole album down, or up for that matter

Serpento
September 29th 2008


2351 Comments


they do and yet they don't. i mean if the actual composition was better than a teen garage band that would save it a bit, but still listenability for a band like chiodos is crucial and too much of it is just unlistenable

beans
October 2nd 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not a bad review, there are a few enjoyable songs on here, but other than that its just bad most of the time



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