Amber Pacific
Virtues


2.0
poor

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
July 13th, 2010 | 9 replies | 6,775 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Almost unrecognizable from the bands old sound. New vocalist is a huge change but not necessarily a good one.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Amber Pacific seems to be a band nearly forgotten at this point, releasing an album very few people new of (or cared about). They were known by few for writing catchy pop punk tunes, saved from becoming too "poppy" by the tremendous skills held by the drummer. Their most recent effort features a new vocalist which i'm sad to say, can't be saved by the man behind the drum kit. Lets face it, the drummer can only do so much.

To be honest the loss of the bands previous vocalist proved devastating on their recent effort, "Virtues." Matt Young who provided the band with inspired lyrics and catchy choruses left the band to pursue a career in education. The group heard on "Virtues", Amber Pacific's debut for new frontman Jesse Cottam and second guitarist Davy Rispoli, sounds very little like the band that recorded 2007's "Truth In Sincerity", and it's really not such a good thing.

Regarding the instrument work on the album there is plenty you will find here. On the track "Conviction" the band finally tries to rock out and makes it semi-convincing that they are actually rocking out instead of trying to make a song "the kids will sing along to." *See Before their eyes track "New kids in town."
Drummer Dango kinetic still throws in the same crunchy drum beats any past fan of the band would remember but the attempt on his part seems lost in their new radio-friendly sound. The band spends far too much time on ballads like "Forever" and "Shine" which seem to feature very little genuine emotion. The sappy piano, string work is enough to put the listener to sleep. The upside is that when the band speeds things up, they still do a fairly good job of it that even mast fans may appreciate.

The vocal style is one reminiscent of Craig Mabbit (though not quite as bad) in a sense that he is trying to sneak his band onto The Warped tour with sub-par lyrics that really offer nothing new. No doubt "Virtues" may appeal to a whole new audience but the old Amber Pacific is gone.



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Spec
July 13th 2010



27135 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Too tired to proofread, goodnight Sputnik.

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Drunk
July 13th 2010



229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Agreed, used to like their stuff

BrahTheSunGod
July 13th 2010



1279 Comments


Noooo As soon as I heard "new vocalist" I cringed, and when I heard "Craig Mabitt" i decided not to listen to this haha. Matt was what really pushed the band over the top and set them apart for me; I used to absolutely love them.

*See Before their eyes track "New kids in town."

plz either capitalize accordingly or delete this (it seems a little unnecessary)

acADHDemy
July 13th 2010



1125 Comments


are these guys metal enough to warrant a download? should i check them out?

Spec
July 13th 2010



27135 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They're pop punk. If you decide to give them a try, download one of their earlier albums.

adhoc
July 13th 2010



216 Comments


Good Review. Bad Album.

PinkBlackberry
July 15th 2010



2346 Comments


Never really heard these guys, But I'm on a Pop-Punk/Post-hardcore kick right now.

whats a good CD for me to listen too, to get into them? or at least a good single.

Crawl
October 12th 2013



1597 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Fuck this album, I love their first two.

Killerhit
March 12th 2014



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I won't give up dyyyying i'm tryyyyin to fiiiiiight



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