Chevelle
Sci-Fi Crimes


3.0
good

Review

by Jacob Royal STAFF
December 13th, 2009 | 14 replies | 4,394 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sci-Fi Crimes isn't anything mind-blowing, but still has its hooks and lures.

Sometimes, we listen to music that is unpredictable, that surprises us. Some bands change their style from album to album; perhaps, one of the best examples is the Chili Peppers transitioning from "Blood Sugar Sex Magik", a funk-rock gem, to "One Hot Minute", a grunge-esque piece that sounds like it came straight from Jane's Addiction's setlist the previous night.

Why do people like music that changes? We find it captivating, to be listening to something that is unlike anything else we've heard, and to be kept on our toes. Unpredictability is fascinating.

The reason for this clarification is that Chevelle is not unpredictable. In fact, Sci-Fi Crimes just feels like the fifth installment of music they've produced over their lifetimes. The only times that surprised me were the nice changes of pace that the album underwent in some parts; "the focal point of "Fell Into Your Shoes" is a nice, catchy riff that only Chevelle could pull off, and "Highland's Apparition" completely devours the band's two previous acoustic songs, "One Lonely Visitor" and "Bend the Bracket". However, apart from these nice little deviations from the norm, the album is fairly predictable. If you can't handle this, then go elsewhere.

Don't get me wrong here- it's just how they are. People do not listen to Chevelle to hear something different; they listen to Chevelle to hear something they can bang their head to and play Halo to (at least the latter part for me, but I can assume I'm not the only one out there.). For what it's worth, this album is enjoyable. "A New Momentum"'s introduction is abrupt and off-sounding, but it works perfectly, and I can't help but head-bang in some way when I hear it. On the same page, "This Circus" has the most impressive verse I've heard from the guys in a long time. And "Roswell's Spell" touches on some musical capabilities I haven't seen in the band as of lately, with a 7/8 time signature in some parts and one enjoyable part where Pete Loeffler sings "Does anybody really know anyone?"

And the album has its dull moments, of course. "Sleep Apnea" still hasn't done anything for me; it's too redundant and non-inventive for me, at least. The double bass is nice, but sadly doesn't do enough to change my perception of the song. "Interlewd" is interesting for the band, but also seems unnecessary. It's just unfortunate that this track could have been something enjoyable, and that spot was pretty much wasted. And "This Circus" has an incredibly musically drab chorus for such a great hook in the verse; it's just a let-down.

Yet, for all of the things on the album that aren't done well, they have a tendency to be overwhelmed by the stronger moments of Sci-Fi Crimes. For what it's worth, this new installment to the band's discography is the Chevelle that we've all come to know. If you find the band's music tedious, then I would make a u-turn right here, and go elsewhere for your next purchased album. And, if you love the simple, powerful riffs that they have to offer, then this album belongs in your collection, most definitely.



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EVedder27
December 13th 2009



6088 Comments


Nicely done man, and I completely agree. Shameful Metaphors and Highland's Apparition are the only songs I love from this album.

MentalityOfA
December 13th 2009



1213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"they listen to Chevelle to hear something they can bang their head to and play Halo to (at least the latter part for me, but I can assume I'm not the only one out there.)."

Dude, that's me.

MentalityOfA
December 13th 2009



1213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, but I have to disagree with the 5th paragraph.

YourBore
December 13th 2009



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"On the same page, "This Circus" has the most impressive chorus I've heard from the guys in a long time."

Then,

"And "This Circus" has an incredibly musically drab chorus for such a great hook in the verse; it's just a let-down."

I am confused....


Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2009



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YourBore- My bad! I accidentally typed chorus instead of verse. It's edited now, though.
And MentalityOfA, Paragraph 5 was more of a personal opinion basis than anything else, just me saying what I find dull on the CD. But hey, agree to disagree?!
Thanks for the comments; I'm glad my first review was a successful one!

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renegadestrings
December 14th 2009



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great especially for a first review, though i completely disagree about Sleep Apnea... i love that song. but you're right about Interlewd, i still have no idea what the point of that track is. its... nothing, really

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2009



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've just heard so many Chevelle songs that resemble Sleep Apnea. It just seems anything but interesting to me, but hey, I'm glad yah like it!

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2012



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

MY FIRST REVIEW! I'm pretty freaking proud of this for a first review, man.

Shuyin
September 21st 2013



11106 Comments


man, this band is addicting as hell

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 21st 2013



11722 Comments


this type of thinking > ur first review

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2013



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow foxxxy how rude

I was just making my computer read this review to me out loud, and i approve of what i hear

Nikkolae
April 4th 2014



4754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

goddamn why did it took me so long to check this out.

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Toondude10
April 13th 2014



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What happened to that other staff review?

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kbridges
April 28th 2014



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The good thing about chevelle not drastically changing their sound album to album is that they are fantastic. So that's not a bad thing. Definitely agree with that. Love all their stuff!



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