Underoath
They're Only Chasing Safety


1.5
very poor

Review

by Plutonio USER (18 Reviews)
March 4th, 2010 | 141 replies | 9,102 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The title sums up this album from the standpoint of the creators mighty fine.

10 of 18 thought this review was well written

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

We all wish that the above quote by Friedrich Nietzsche applied to all artists nowadays, do we not? Do we not hope that masochism could be a foreign concept to our lands? Do we not, as a society, wish that the seemingly heartless dribble that infects the mainstream today would just cease to exist? For the most part, people forgive others' mistakes. People try to find the heart and soul in artwork, and we almost always find it underneath the heaps of glossy sheen. However, do we always? The answer to that is no. There will always be pieces of art that simply serve no purpose other than to illustrate the regression of mankind (Stephenie Meyer, take note). Artistic minds have failed, and that pathway of failure still stands strong today. Hopefully this pathway is like a narrow bridge lacking a parapet"easy to fall off of. The waters of success are below, and the rapid flow of its current roars. So how is it that Underoath's They're Only Chasing Safety passed this narrow pathway?

Well, there are many flaws to this. Genericness is undoubtedly one. This popcore release brings as much originality to the table as Christopher Paolini. The vocals are essentially a monotonous combination of adenoidal attempts at croons, and a strange balance between spoken word and yelling. The alternation between the two can be described in two words, entirely predictable. While occasionally this combination shows potential, it is often ruined by the lack of purpose or substance behind the music. Other times, it is done in such a cheesy, cliché manner that it's hard to swallow the trite vocals; especially when they are placed against such an irritatingly simple backdrop of instruments. True to the recent bastardization of pop-punk and metalcore-lite, the musicianship seems incompetent to take flight and shine. Rather than creating something worthwhile, the rhythmic section of this album balances angelic guitar notes with jocular attempts at dissonant hardcore styles. While this combination initially shows potential on “A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White” and “Young And Aspiring”, it again falls flat over time like soda. To add insult to injury, Underoath's style on their fourth LP features awkward accents like keyboards and a church choir. Both of these components to their sound accomplish nothing positive, and they are otiose attempts at disparity. However, these intrusions are terrible attempts at achieving such concept. Instead, it comes off as a cheesy shroud for poor songwriting, one that worsens the actual compositions on They're Only Chasing Safety. It's far worse when one realizes that the poor songwriting is a recurring theme throughout this album.

“Reinventing Your Exit” is as boring and completely uninspired as the pretentious addition of said choir on “It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door”. The scathing attempts layered vocals become more apparent and more expected as the album rolls along. The same rings true for the tried riffs, save for some acoustic plucks on “Down, Set, Go”. Prime examples of the saddening displays of tedious chords are “The Blue Note” and “The Impact of Reason”. However, the tedium that is They're Only Chasing Safety is hindered more so by the awkward electronic breaks courtesy of Chris Dudley. The mediocre, misplaced electronic elements on this album are most palpable on “It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door”, a track whose preexisting instrumental backdrop would not suggest an electric interlude as the best of musical augmentations. However, no detraction is detected by the almighty Underoath. This fact is made painfully clear when examining the nasally vocals, trite Christ-tinged lyrics, and bland musicianship. These components are capable of ruining many otherwise decent tracks. For example, “A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White” suffers from a combination of components associated with mediocrity. Guitar chords are slow and hollow, the drumming is painfully simplistic at a time when it shouldn't be, and the vocals are comparable to a Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Josh Scogin crossbreed. That can be said for many a track, and thus, most of the album falls ill to the plague of poor conception and even poorer execution. Subsequently, the album is one that captures the essence of despair and not a breath of life. Please, Underoath, send your “Angel of Mercy.” Send it to us all.



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Nikkolae
March 4th 2010



4841 Comments


"There will always be pieces of art that simply serve no purpose other than to illustrate the regression of mankind (Stephenie Meyer, take note)"

i lol'd, this is UO's weakest album but not a 1.5, its average at best

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

BallsToTheWall
March 4th 2010



44197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uhhhh

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

cvlts
March 4th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you dont like to review 'good' music, do you?

YouAreMySilence
March 4th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is catchy as fuck, nostalgic goodness. Step off.

Uranium
March 4th 2010



7092 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album blows.

BallsToTheWall
March 4th 2010



44197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In my previous post I forgot to mention that....this review fucking sucks hippo dick.

TheWayfarerElectric
March 4th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Omg breaking dawn is the worst thing I've read ever. Nice review btw. Surprised that wall likes this (note that I did not say balls.)

dylantheairplane
March 4th 2010



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is not a 1.5...no no no

oh yeah and "Breaking Dawn" is an absolute piece of crap.

WhiteTieBlackJacket
March 4th 2010



792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review...no

This is all bullshit. For a post-hardcore record, TOCS is awesome. Look at other post hardcore releases that have gained bands success. Shit like Emarosa, A Skylit Drive, blessthefall etc....and none of them have released anything as good as this record. While it is easily Underoath's biggest shortcoming, it is certainly not a 1.5



TheWayfarerElectric
March 4th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is just as bad as Adelphia so phuk uff

Nikkolae
March 4th 2010



4841 Comments


ehmm no

cvlts
March 4th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wayfarer, your ratings are funny.

TheWayfarerElectric
March 4th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

how so

TheWayfarerElectric
March 4th 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol @ dem rateenz

YouAreMySilence
March 4th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah wayfarer Im gonna give you break because you have one of my favorite albums as your avatar, but you may not be so lucky next time..

ninjuice
March 4th 2010



6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not that bad.

TerminalC
March 4th 2010



239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oooooo i can make poorly formed mainstream literature references so i must be educated!

Synesthete
March 4th 2010



240 Comments


this is a terrible review

Synesthete
March 4th 2010



240 Comments


this is a terrible review

Plutonio
March 4th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Rather than say "this is a terrible review" hmm, i don't know... inform the writer of mistakes that are made ffr



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