Shiny Toy Guns
Season of Poison


2.0
poor

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
November 23rd, 2008 | 19 replies | 12,787 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What happened?

Though We Are Pilotswas hardly a brilliant effort on the part of Shiny Toy Guns, it was a decidedly entertaining venture into modern synthpop. The likes of "Don't Cry Out" and the Killers-eqsue "Rainy Monday" and "You Are the One" were each mesmerizing cuts, and are still worth revisiting every now and then. All three versions of We Are Pilots(!) did feature a few filler tracks, and true to the group's synthpop roots, the album did get cheesy at times. But for the most part, the soothing qualities of the group's electronic edge and Carah Faye's voice kept things interesting and fresh.

August 2008 saw the departure of Faye from Shiny Toy Guns. Replacing her was Sisely Treasure, notable for her participation in The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll, of all things. Realistically, Faye's departure shouldn't have affected Seasons of Poison too much. The album was already written by August, and Faye wasn't one of the band's primary songwriters anyway. Yet, throughout the album, the distinct lack of Carah Faye is especially evident. Sisely Treasure's vocal work is essentially a lukewarm emulation of Faye, though at times she attempts to break free, and employ her own style. Interestingly, though, she's at her best while utilizing the former. First single "Ricochet!", which hankers back to We Are Pilots' dancey "Le Disko", features Treasure at her most sensuous, while the likes of "Turned to Real Life" and "Seasons of Love" showcase her gentler side. Does she do as well in her role as Faye did? Probably not, but she gets the job done in any case.

The problems begin when Treasure tries to sing in her own way. "Ghost Town" and "When Did This Storm Begin" (barring the chorus) are two of the bigger offenders in this case; In "Ghost Town", Treasure's bubbly, high pitched shouts are extremely cringe worthy and ruin what could have otherwise been a decent song. Likewise, in "When Did This Storm Begin" she tries to sound edgy and bitter with her shrill shouts of "Every night you drink the money left to pay all the bills / No room for us, but there's another ***ing bottle of pills", but only ends up detracting from the song's flow.

To make matters worse, Seasons of Poison is plagued by filler material in one of those 'so inoffensive it's offensive' type cases. "Money For That" is a sterile melodic rock song dominated solely by Chad Petree's wistful, yet cringe worthy reminiscings, and "I Owe You a Love Song" is just too lacking in power and energy to be effective. Along with "Ghost Town" and the half-interesting, half-sleep inducing "It Became a Lie On You", Shiny Toy Guns simply fail to leave a good impression early on. In a way, it may be the album's biggest drawback; the filler is so concentrated around the beginning of the album that it's just too difficult to get through. The album does feature some genuinely good material, but the likes of "Turned To Real Life" (a remake of an old track), the New Order influenced "Poison", and "Blown Away" just aren't good enough to warrant multiple listens.

Most frustratingly of all, most of Seasons of Poison's songs feature moments that make you want to like the album, but such moments are just too few and far in between. The band sounds like they're simply trying too hard to keep up with their more contemporaries, and it shows; the song writing is poorly executed, the syrupy hooks are, for the most part, dull and unimaginative, and the band fails to cover any ground it already hasn't before. Add in the rather ordinary performance by Sisely Treasure, the record just feels streamlined and meagre. Given how endearing We Are Pilotswas, it's disappointing to see the band losing steam so quickly. But hey, I hear Carah Faye is working on a solo project back in Sweden. Maybe she can fill the void.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Knott-
Emeritus
November 23rd 2008



10194 Comments


I loved We Are Pilots.

This review makes me sad.

Doppelganger
November 23rd 2008



3124 Comments


What happened?

nothing, band always sucked

BallsToTheWall
November 23rd 2008



44164 Comments


The girl in You Are The One left? That's even more depressing that this album sucking.

kmagnum1x
November 23rd 2008



260 Comments


I disagree but w/e more of a 3.5 for me

AggravatedYeti
November 23rd 2008



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Agree 100%

thejared
November 23rd 2008



197 Comments


I liked the first cd but this just ruined it for me ... though I do enjoy Turned to real life

Digging: Adult Jazz - Gist Is

FyreNail
December 11th 2008



171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album lol. It took a while though, I had to listen about 3 times until I could get over the loss of CarahThis Message Edited On 03.20.09

evilmegaman
December 13th 2008



174 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Can't believe I bought this shit.


that song about money is pretty good though

HUMGUY009
December 18th 2008



35 Comments


I borrowed we are pilots from a friend and haven't listened to it at all, so I'm not gona even bother to get this.

FyreNail
March 20th 2009



171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, am I the only one? :P
Sisley, nah, don't like her voice much, but everything else on the new album is pretty good, except a few average tracks

ebay
July 14th 2009



501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i totally agree with this review. we are pilots was so much better. the first track and "ricochet!" are good but other than that it's a steaming pile of crap.

telebyrd
March 15th 2010



869 Comments


Ghost Town may be the most obnoxious track ever.

bloc
November 12th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Frozen Oceans was decent, but it's getting cheesy.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

caprio4us
November 12th 2010



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the last minute of "When Did This Storm Begin" gives me a boner

themainmast
February 28th 2011



245 Comments


i completely disagree with this review. season of poison is a beautiful album.

telebyrd
March 4th 2011



869 Comments


Ghost Town is one of the most laughable, appalling songs ever. Only good tracks are Money For That and When Did This Storm Begin

telebyrd
July 3rd 2011



869 Comments


i owe you a love song
so much i could say
i owe you a love song
words that i can't say

Rhyming 101: use the same words

modey3
October 9th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually thought 'Money for That' was a good tune probably because it had a 90s feel to it.

iambandersnatch
November 2nd 2011



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We are Pilots was very feast or famine. On this album Shiny Toy Guns is no different.

Poison is amazing, esp. the instrumental at the end. I'm surprised everyone is mentioning When Did This Storm Begin but not Poison.
For some bands a 3.5-4 is lots of above average songs but nothing that really stands out.. for this band I think it's 3-4 amazing songs w/ some mindless stuff that merit the 3.5-4.



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