FACT
In the Blink of an Eye


2.5
average

Review

by Nick Butler EMERITUS
May 5th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to 2003 - you'll never leave!

So at what point does something stop being 'old-fashioned' and become 'retro'?

I can't possibly deny that the majority of In the Blink of an Eye gave me pangs of recognition as I realised where the ideas were lifted from; but when the sources include Lostprophets, New Found Glory, and Killswitch Engage, can that be considered a good thing? Most people have forgotten about those bands, sure, but it hasn't been long enough for people to remember them fondly enough to want a revival, has it?

FACT probably deserve some degree of credit for managing to sound like so many bands at once. If you could time-travel back to 2003 and switch on Kerrang! or Scuzz (or the American and Japanese equivalents of those channels), FACT would probably sound at least a little like 90% of the acts you'd hear, whether it's Hundred Reasons, or Hell Is for Heroes, or A, or Jimmy Eat World, or Bowling for Soup, or InMe, or Ash, or NOFX, or Saves the Day. They're copying an entire scene - let's roughly sum it up as 'rock music immediately after everybody realized nu-metal was a load of arse' - rather than any specific band or genre, and that's more difficult than some people would credit.

Any sort of goodwill engendered by that, though, is tempered by knowledge of FACT's back catalogue. Their previous outing, a self-titled album released just last year, probably got a little bit too much praise for the way it blended genres, but it was certainly a very different beast to this, with plenty more in the way of diversity and invention. Some of the better tracks - "A Fact of Life" notably - suggested that they might have the potential to rival an act like Protest the Hero, while other tracks brought recent Manes material to mind. So it's baffling why exactly the band have scaled back their ambition so quickly - many fans will instinctively cry 'sellout', but even that doesn't make sense, because there's a much bigger audience out there for the music on FACT than there is for the music on In the Blink of an Eye. If it is a commercial move, it's either bewilderingly late, or Japanese rock music is almost a decade behind the rest of the world - the only concession to modern pop music here is the occasional, awkward blasts of autotune. If it's an artistic one, it's got to be considered a failure.

If you're a really big fan of the sound FACT are taking from, and some portion of your taste in music is still stuck in 2003, then there's no doubt that you'll find much about this album to enjoy. It should also probably be noted that there's likely to be dozens of bands that sound like this in 2020, and they'll likely be successful and, for a while at least, acclaimed; but to claim that as some sort of victory for FACT would be to employ some of the most unhinged mental acrobatics imaginable in music criticism. The reality is that, for all the energy this album offers, it backs it up with precious little imagination or substance. They're good at what they do, and they deserve some amount of praise for that, but does anybody really want to hear it in 2010?



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Iai
Emeritus
May 5th 2010


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Kinda surprised to see this band are so popular here. I mean the last album probably deserves the attention it has but this really is just stuck in a timewarp.

PirateSquid
May 5th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha, I love the review. Disagree, but love it nonetheless

Iai
Emeritus
May 5th 2010


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is it the line about nu-metal being a load of arse? :p

PirateSquid
May 5th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha, it's more the fact that you say the album it meh itself.

Nu metal usually sucks. I can only recall ever having liked Deftones and Mudvayne.

Well, besides Linkin Park when I was like 12


CRAWWWWWWWWWWWWLING INNNNN MY SKIINNNNN

CutMan
May 5th 2010


1798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa... whoa...whoa... whoa....

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Did you mention Bowling for Soup, Jimmy Eat World, and InMe in the same "scene"? I hope you mean time period. Although I don't remember InMe scoring radio play like the other two, so even that seems odd.

ninjuice
May 5th 2010


6760 Comments


whether it's Hundred Reasons, or Hell Is for Heroes, or A,

There was a band named "A"?

bloc
May 5th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Loooooooved the debut, and I had high hopes for this. It was decent, but it didn't have that "freshness".

Klekticist
May 5th 2010


1259 Comments


i really hope that this "retro" phase passes.

I'd like NEW music. Something fundamentally different, like Jazz was. Or Rock. Or anything by Stravinsky. The Beatles. Zeppelin.

Perhaps there's always been a "Retro" scene, but I just get the feeling that it's suffocating out truly innovative music from being exposed to a mainstream audience.

Good review btw.

ThePalestMexican
May 5th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I don't see this as being 2003-music, but still pretty good review.

elephantREVOLUTION
May 5th 2010


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. i listened to this band for like 1-2 months straight, then i kind of forgot about them.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2010


31634 Comments


There was a band named "A"?

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands.php?bandid=12709

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

ninjuice
May 5th 2010


6760 Comments


Huh. I'm willing to bet most fellow Americans haven't heard of them either.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2010


20858 Comments


"If ... some portion of your taste in music is still stuck in 2003, then there's no doubt that you'll find much about this album to enjoy".

Someone please pass me a napkin... I'm starting to salivate. ;-0

Mordecai.
May 5th 2010


8282 Comments


I liked the debut enough, too many songs though. Only spun this once and it was pretty average.

Mordecai.
May 5th 2010


8282 Comments


omg double post

RosaParks
May 5th 2010


15053 Comments


Self titled was so much better

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 5th 2010


3782 Comments


Woah, I used to love A when I was little, didn't even realize anyone else had actually heard of them.

IRAI
May 6th 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

slip of the lip is the bet song on here, but yeah, other that that song i just go listen to their s/t.

KritikalMotion
May 6th 2010


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't really get the band comparisons in this review, self titled is better than this though.

PirateSquid
May 6th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Tracks 1 2 4 6 9 and 12 are the bestest



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