Trapt
Only Through the Pain


3.5
great

Review

by CasualListen USER (13 Reviews)
July 30th, 2010 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trapt's third studio album is a very good effort showcasing the band's musical strengths while also addressing the complaints of fans and casual listeners who did not enjoy their previous work.

For this record, Trapt replaces former guitarist Simon Ormandy with Rob Torres; a more than fit (and hopefully) permanent musician with a great ear for rhythm and melody. Every song drips with charm borne of his pallet of spreading riffs and small touches to the record's colorful and upbeat vibe. Pete Charell's bass, while an afterthought, is felt and adds atmosphere to the oceanic vibe of the songs. Monty's drums are heavy and well produced - as is everything else on the record; kudos to Garth Richardson who must of loved the experience of watching these songs come together. Chris Taylor Brown's lyrics are passable with a few bursts of philosophical edge here and there. Overall, the experience is pleasant.

"Only Through the Pain" is Trapt performing at their best with well produced music that you enjoy picking apart during multiple listens - thanks, in part, to Torres. 'Who's Going Home With You Tonight,' the somewhat irritatingly long-titled single, is a breath of fresh air for fans that didn't enjoy "Someone in Control's" darker approach to song structure and lyrics. 'Contagious'combines wet arpeggio chord progressions during verses with loud harmonizing full gain guitars during choruses - a pattern that repeats throughout the rest of the album. Brown shines in 'Only One Color;' quite possibly the band's only happy song to date. The lyrics of this song stand out with their feel-good vibe. 'Black Rose' masters the record's somewhat repetitive formula with a chorus that hits an emotional button - coupled with lyrics that tell a story you can only articulate to yourself. Every song is autonomous and full of intrigue making for a fun experience to the listener.

A very good effort by the band.



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Counterfeit
July 30th 2010


17819 Comments


no

fromtheinside
July 30th 2010


18363 Comments


album is wretched.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2010


16144 Comments


its aiiight

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Emim
July 31st 2010


26625 Comments


It isn't bad, and Black Rose is their best song by far.


Also, what's up with all the super short reviews lately? Damn you Adam!

CasualListen
July 31st 2010


56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hahaha...sorry, but there really isn't that much to say...this is an old album anyway. i like trapt,
just going through the records again and giving my piece.

nagstar89
July 31st 2010


71 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'Ready when you are' and 'the last tear' are the only listenable tracks on here.Lyrics are so below average..Well i guess mainstream is usually like that..

ninjuice
July 31st 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty good review, but it is a bit hyperbolic and just plain wrong.

CasualListen
July 31st 2010


56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Inception kicked A$$

ShadowRemains
July 31st 2010


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not a 3.5



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