Chevelle
Sci-Fi Crimes


2.5
average

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (91 Reviews)
August 27th, 2009 | 117 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sci-Fi Crimes would easily make the top ten of year’s most uneventful releases.

With their most imaginative album art ever and illusive track titles, it would be too easy to feel fuzzy for this -- possibly the conceptual remains of their previous four recordings finally coalescing into an explosive masterpiece -- Sci-Fi Crimes isn’t that masterpiece. If Chevelle were fortunate enough to be one of your first loves during puberty, approaching this from above will be as effortless for you as getting into Wonder What’s Next was. For others, it will be fairly unambiguous that their formulaic realm of late 90s loud-soft pulsating hard rock is past its use-by date. Showing little, if any, signs of new founded inventions from the Loeffler brothers and their more recent family member instalment, it's music should make the fans wondering what was going to be next, a passing reality, but not much else. Is it that hard to develop a song into anything but what they or the Deftones did years ago?

Brushing past the guitar focussed choruses of “Fell Into Your Shoes” “Mexican Sun” and “Shameful Metaphors” may prove to be difficult as they are, rather powerful in their own right. However don’t expect it to deviate much from here, even during their respective verses. That is essentially the issue; deviation from the old to the new merely needs a subtle push from one of the band members and they’ll be trekking into another decade with innovation and musicality hand in hand and not its rivalling twin. Brief moments like this are obtained, and let’s face it; relentless attempts with the same hammer usually yield their own momentary results. “Roswell’s Spell” is certainly one of these with Pete showing more emotive side to his usual cringing yells, further demonstrating that when he’s thinking more for his brains and not his lungs, the outcomes are for the better.

But as for the remainder, this particular flying saucer hasn’t delivered any otherworldly souvenirs, unless you count the late-coming transitory acoustic movement, “Highland’s Apparition” and the startling illogical placement of “Interlewd”, both just stabs-in-the-dark to throw off the listener. As is to be expected, these, plus the dramatics and dynamics allow the trio to fluently rediscover the aforementioned five (possibly six if you include “Letter from a Thief”) decencies, but sloppily abandon the leftovers to their own musical derivativeness. It’s been far too easy to churn out these four minute pseudo-epics -- and with all the alien allusions, for some this may feel even closer to being a truncated Lateralus for the easy-listener than all of their previous work combined ever did.



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PanasonicYouth
August 27th 2009


7412 Comments


nice to see a differing opinion about this. and well-written to boot. pos'd.

MentalityOfA
August 27th 2009


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not liking this review.

PanasonicYouth
August 27th 2009


7412 Comments


i think halo is a pretty cool guy, eh kills aleins and doesnt afraid of anything

fromtheinside
August 27th 2009


19029 Comments


while i do think it does hinder a lot of the progress and highlights of the album, especially because of the reviews length. i am happy to see a change of opinion, despite the harsh rating.

pos'd! its eloquently written.

Digging: Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne

Gyromania
August 27th 2009


15964 Comments


what is the best song off of this?

fromtheinside
August 27th 2009


19029 Comments


shameful metaphors by far. check that out, it'll give you a nice vibe of the whole thing.

taylormemer
August 27th 2009


4943 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I could add a few more derivative paragraphs for you.

Gyromania
August 27th 2009


15964 Comments


better than most of their previous works?

PanasonicYouth
August 27th 2009


7412 Comments


i'm still not sure how i feel about this. it's giving off so many mixed feelings. i want to love it, but it's being SUCH A COCKTEASE.

fromtheinside
August 27th 2009


19029 Comments


lol kris.
yes gyro, i being the biggest chevelle fan i know, think it is the best song they've ever written.

Ponton
Emeritus
August 27th 2009


5815 Comments


Good concise review. I obviously enjoyed the album, but I can see why listeners bored with Chevelle's style may be offset here.

pos'd

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

MentalityOfA
August 27th 2009


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Roswell's Spell is incredible.

Ponton
Emeritus
August 27th 2009


5815 Comments


I don't really like that song, I've tried to let it grow, but it just hasn't clicked at all.

rasputin
August 27th 2009


14555 Comments


really good review. never listened to these guys never will.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2009


20857 Comments


You're just so... What's the word I'm looking for... "grouchy".

taylormemer
August 27th 2009


4943 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry that I'm your polar opposite.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2009


20857 Comments


It's Lemmon & Matthau all over again.

fromtheinside
August 27th 2009


19029 Comments


oh clever.

Demonicgman
August 27th 2009


417 Comments


grew out of these guys. good review.

Gyromania
August 27th 2009


15964 Comments


'never listened to these guys never will.'

good for you, man!



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