Default
The Fallout


1.5
very poor

Review

by Meteora3255 USER (10 Reviews)
August 14th, 2005 | 22 replies | 6,517 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Default was one of the mainstream rock bands that flooded into the music scene in the early 21st century after the success of others such as 3 Doors Down and Nickelback. Default was discovered by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback fame, and he actually helped write lyrics to and produce the majority of the tracks on this album. Default is:

Dallas Smith-Vocals
Jeremy James Hora-Guitar
Dave Benedict-Bass
Danny Craig-Drums

Pros
-High production value
-A couple decent tracks
-Catchy

Cons
-Repetitive
-Full of filler
-Generic, not anything special

The Individual Tracks

Sick & Tired-Opens with feedback and bass, it then falls into the songs main hook. Dallas delivers vocals that are very similar to Nickelback and 3 Doors Down. This is a decent start to the album, and Dallas gives a strong performance. There are not any really interesting instrumental parts, nothing that hasn’t been done better before. The bridge is the best part of the song, and even that is overly generic and boring. 1.5/5

Deny-The second single off the album, it is a better track than Sick & Tired. The instrumentals are better in this song however still not anything spectacular. Dallas has another good vocal performance. The song shifts from the soft intro into the heavy verse which is very similar to the heavy verses in Sick & Tired. The band has a pretty standard formula which this song follows well of Intro-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus. While following a formula isn’t always necessarily bad, the songs are so similar it gets extremely boring. 2/5

Wasting My Time-The overplayed first single from this band. It is a good song and listening to it now it is better because I haven’t heard it in a long time. The lyrics aren’t anything special, and this is one of the few songs that Kroeger had no influence on, he didn’t help write or produce this track. The addition of the guitar solo is a nice touch to make this song different than the others. 3/5

Slow Me Down-The song begins with a heavy riff that is quickly subdued to give Dallas space to sing over. This song is almost a copy of Sick & Tired and not much else. There a few moments in the song when it could be mistaken for a song off of the 3 Doors Down album Away from the sun. This is probably one of the heaviest songs on the album, there is a nice little guitar riff in the bridge but it is not enough to make this song good. This song is not the worst track on the album, but that isn’t saying much. 1.5/5

One Late Night-Reminiscent of Wasting My Time, this song is actually good. Dallas gives good vocals over solid backup from the band. The band plays simply but this allows the vocals to shine. There is a solo which is a nice touch. The song is a solid radio rock song, better than some of the other radio rock songs out there. 3/5

Seize The Day-Another Sick & Tired clone, which tries to sound heavy and hard. The song is more similar to Sick& Tired than the others on the album. With similar sounding music, and similar sounding (rhythmically) vocals, there is not much on this track worth listening to. The bridge like the other songs is the best part. This is a solid skip on this CD. 1.5/5

Somewhere-A nice guitar intro begins the song. It continues to play in the background. Of course this song is very repetitive and similar to the rest of the album. The riff is the best part of the song, as Dallas’s voice is overly annoying in this song (I know some may think is voice is annoying always but more in this song). The drums and bass are recycled from the rest of the album. The bridge is heavier than the rest of the song, but unlike the other tracks it is not the best part of the song. 1.5/5

Live A Lie-There is a nice electric riff, with acoustic chords in this song. The acoustic helps make this song stand out compared to the others on the album. Dallas has a better vocal performance, sadly however the drums and bass do not. The bridge builds into a nice guitar solo which is the best solo on the album. The piano is introduced at the end of the bridge. The clichéd lyrics hurt this song a bit but it is still probably the best song on the album. 3.25/5

By Your Side-Another very similar guitar intro begins a very bland and boring song that you have already heard. This is a copy of the rest of the album with poor vocals, lyrics, and instrumentals. The saving grace is the short but entertaining solo during the bridge. Overall the worst track on the album, minus the short solo and a shippable track. 1/5

Faded-This was my favorite track on the album. It still is, but it is very similar to the other tracks. It is listenable at times, and contains some of the best lyrics on the album, of course some of the lyrics are not so great such as “How could he see, Anything at all? Since he's got no eyes to see." There is a nice solo in the song and helps change it up. This is a solid song on a less than solid album. 3/5

Let You Down- The album ends with a copy of Deny. The song is poor track and is what you would expect to end the album after hearing the rest of it. They music is bland and generic, and the vocals are not bad, but not exactly good. The song is another shippable track. 1/5

Packaging the same song 12 different ways and calling it an album is not good for business you would think, but like the other mainstream rock acts they do it. At little more than EP length it is a “waste of your time" (haha I am so funny). If you really want a mainstream rock CD go get Nickelback or 3 Doors Down.

Download
-Wasting My Time
-One Late Night
-Live A Lie
-Faded

Overall 1.5/5



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Iai
Emeritus
August 14th 2005



3553 Comments


Good review.

Wasting My Time was a really minor hit over here (charted at #38 or something ridiculous like that). I quite liked it, actually, but I didn't really pay much attention to it.

For some reason, I thought one of their members was related to Kroeger. Was that Theory Of A Deadman, or did I just make it up altogether?

Meteora3255
August 14th 2005



194 Comments


I actually do not know, though i remember hearing something about that as well, and on this side of the Atlantic, Wasting My Time was a huge hit. I will look into that relationship thing.

Meteora3255
August 14th 2005



194 Comments


Sadly i cannot find the answer to the relationship puzzle.

LiZeR
August 14th 2005



49 Comments


I liked "Wasting my Time" also and "Deny" was in some NHL video game i used to play. "Wasting my time" was catchy, haha but like meteora said it was played to it's death. Especially considering I live in vancouver, which is wehre Nickelback, Default and Theory of a Deadman are from, their crap is played to their death on the radio *shudders*.

When I still listened to the radio, I think I remembered hearing that Theory of a Deadman's lead singer is a friend of Chad Kroeger's, but i'm not too sure about the relative thing either.

Thumbs up on the review.

Meteora3255
August 14th 2005



194 Comments


I just found some more information, Theory of a Deadman's bassist played bass for the song Hero from Spiderman 2

imthaman
August 14th 2005



1 Comments


Im pretty sure dallas is the drummer. Ive met them

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



2125 Comments


This album sucks. I used to like the single, but they sounded exactly like Nickelback on it.

Meteora3255
August 19th 2005



194 Comments


If you are referring to the album (imthaman), I copied the information on the band members directly from their offical website. (I lost the cover of the CD case and the booklet as well.)

SkodaATOM
September 28th 2005



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Faded" is an awesome song. The others are okay.....I mean, I like the album.....it's just not that great.

Two-Headed Boy
October 29th 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i hate this album. it was the worst thing i ever heard. if anyone liked these high school kids playing there electric twangers then u obviously havent grown up yet.

MisterBeefy
March 9th 2009



244 Comments


Deny is catchy as hell. But the rest is trash

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2010



9993 Comments


I think these guys are what Nickelback wishes they were. I've always liked this album decently, completely honest.

Digging: Deniro Farrar - Rebirth

bloc
March 15th 2010



34669 Comments


Holy hell what happened to these guys? Wasting My Time was a hit back in the days.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

SteelErectedb4you8er
May 14th 2010



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I remember when "Wasting My Time" was a hit and I wanted to break speakers and punch someone in the face every time I heard it.

IRAI
May 14th 2010



1567 Comments


this album was good when i was 11.

they have a soft spot for me, because i liked them more than the other bands that were near them at the time (nickelback, saliva, etc.)

just didnt go REALLY big/bad as their contemporaries either.

theacademy
October 19th 2010



28237 Comments


every couple of months i listen to "Deny" and i'm all like


fuck yea

bloc
October 19th 2010



34669 Comments


For me, it's Wasting My Time

random
January 12th 2011



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

These guys are that Nickelback ripoff, right?

bloc
January 12th 2011



34669 Comments


Not really, they sound more like Three Doors Down or something.

foreverendeared
January 12th 2011



14678 Comments


Well, Chad Kroeger discovered the band, produced the album, and co-wrote like all of these songs, so yeah I'd say they sound a lot like Nickelback



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