The Classic Crime
Vagabonds


2.5
average

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2010 | 16 replies | 2,231 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Classic Crime create an inoffensive, repetitive album sure to get some radio play

I would imagine a bands worst fear would be along the lines of wondering if their new album, with a new sound, will be receipted and loved by their fan base. For some bands they have seen this challenge and bettered themselves through the experience, while others fail miserably at trying to change what they are as a band. But either way at least they are trying to not rehash the exact same record over and over again. They know that nobody wants that, nobody wants the earlier version of anything. But surprisingly with The Classic Crimes third studio album Vagabonds the boys in The Classic Crime decided that it is safer not to venture into new territories, and write a record that we as listeners have heard oh so often within the scene. Vagabonds is a release by a band that seems to have given up on trying to mature as a band.

Band Members:
Matt Macdonald- Vocals/Guitar
Justin DuQue- Guitar
Robert Negrin- Guitar
Alan Clark- Bass
Paul Erickson- Drums


Straight away we can tell that Matt Macdonald seems to realize that his band may be done evolving musically. I may not have the perfect voice, but I’ll still sing at the top of my lungs until my days are done. I was once a child with a million plans and now I gots what’s in my hands, I don’t leave much to chance these days. A Perfect Voice sets the tone, so to speak, for the rest of the album, but that’s not exactly a good thing. A Perfect Voice is a relatively short track (2:50) full of repetitive hooks and an over abundance of woahs. Now I’m always for an anathematic woah here and there but when the entire chorus and bridge consists of woahs it’s safe to say that you have crossed the line. Justin DuQue and Robert Negrin really step down as a focal point for Vagabonds and let Matt Macdonald take the lead, for better and for worse. But they do show up occasionally. Solar Powered Life is a guitar driven rock song that just so happens to be the bands first single. Complete with gang vocals and a cowbell breakdown this song is destined to be a radio hit. And you know what? It’s pretty damn catchy. It’s nearly impossible not to tap your foot and sing along with the rather simplistic lyrics My oh my what a beautiful day outside hey hey what a beautiful day.

The album continues and what ensues are some rather lackluster moments that, I feel, keeps The Classic Crime in the shadows of their former selves. Although lyrically the album tends to lean towards doing what they want to do The Classic Crime seem to be catering to the whims of the Radio World. Nearly every single song is under 4 minutes and quite a few are even under 3, and they all follow the verse-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus/ending. It can be rather annoying, and quite frankly bad. While you will find lyrics like I may not ever see a dime but I’ll be fine. Yeah I’ll still get bye all the time a smile upon my face, you’re still going to find more conformity then rebellion on Vagabonds.

But The Classic Crime do know how to put together a solid rock song. Although every tack on Vagabonds is unnecessarily repetitive it with out a doubt full of energy and angsty vocals. Matt Macdonald, as earlier mentioned, is the driving force behind Vagabonds. Through track such as The Happy Nihilist and My Name he manages to save the band from complete and utter mediocrity. But the album still has a few highlight tracks that wouldn’t even need Matt to succeed. The Count features everybody spot on and playing a song that is reminiscent of the better tracks from The Silver Cord. It’s got everything that made me fall in love with The Classic Crime, the tight guitar riffs and the invigorating vocals. To bad Matt McDonald and boys couldn’t write 11 tracks like The Count. Sure it wouldn’t be original but it would still be better then 11 tracks they released.

So The Classic Crime create an inoffensive, repetitive album sure to get some radio play. Although they were aiming at play music “they wanted to play” it just seems to forced, to unoriginal to even captivate their own fan base.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

waiting for caleb to come and blow my review out of the water. anyway i'd love some constructive criticism.

album is a huge dissapontment

Waior
April 4th 2010



11447 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

a few grammar mistakes and missing punctuation but the review was good, you get your point across well

i agree with you almost completely but i'm still writing mine as it is half finished

AmericnZero02
April 4th 2010



3337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reading that this isn't very good makes me a sad panda.

BrahTheSunGod
April 4th 2010



1279 Comments


album is a huge disappointment [2]

This sucks. All of the little signs of brilliance that The Silver Cord showed gone, replaced by banal radio-oriented rock that ANY
band could make. I think it's mostly because they took even more of the focus away from the guitars, but everything just seems
dumbed down.

tiesthatbanned
April 4th 2010



100 Comments


The Classic Crime create and inoffensive, repetitive album sure to get some radio play

I would fix that summary asap. Good review otherwise though.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2010



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahhh, so 'A Perfect Voice' is on here. Definitely woh woh overload.

Pretty good & balanced review Alex. Just fix up the summary & concluding sentence where you have 'and' instead of 'an'.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks. Man I feel like an idiot when I have errors in my summary. I can't edit the last sentence cuz I'm on my iPod but I'll fix
It soon.



atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

so i got on my computer and fixed like 3 errors. so now there is no reason for this to only have like 7 comments...lol

zeppelinUSA
April 4th 2010



299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review man, we majorly disagree. i haven't heard anything else by them except Abrabacadavers though. i basically thought this was just a fun, sincere album despite the simplicity and occasional recycledness

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah the entire silver cord album is ten times better then this.

and the major gripe i have with this album is that it's so boring


zeppelinUSA
April 4th 2010



299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i guess i could see that. but its soo catchy

JWT155
April 4th 2010



9211 Comments


I'll need to give the Silver Cord some more plays before I get this.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah have you heard any songs off the silver cord?

zeppelinUSA
April 4th 2010



299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just Abracadavers. i should probably get it though, everyone says its better than this (even people who like this)

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Well if you like abbracadavers medisin and god and drugs slays it so you'll probably like it

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2010



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Oh and jwt you should get the silver cord. I know I've said it so much but it's actually good



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