Page 9
Addiction in Recovery


3.0
good

Review

by Spencer Stoyer USER (8 Reviews)
May 5th, 2011 | 3 replies | 1,571 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Addiction in Recovery creates a clever blend of genre's that is cliche at worst and downright fun at best.

Dallas based trio Page 9 had humble beginnings. Hailing from the small Dallas suburb of Sachse, Texas, things began early for them. Starting with singing in the Sachse High School choir and playing in the marching band, they quickly moved up to something a lot more creative and much more special. The local support that Page 9 receives is staggering as well as deserved. Not just because they are some of the coolest and funniest people you'll meet, but because their talent is no joke.

The first thing you need to know is that this album is catchy, I mean REALLY catchy! Page 9 artfully crafts power pop and alternative rock together to create something that is not only fun to listen to but features some great musicianship from its members. First of all, front man Josh Martinez has a voice that is likable and clean. He has a great amount of vocal skill that is enjoyable to hear throughout the album. The lyrics will definitely have you singing along although, for the most part, they are poorly written. Add some addictive guitar/pop beat blends, great drumming, and a lot of heart and you have an impressive, well executed album.

While it is a pretty solid first release, Addiction in Recovery does have its flaws. The lyrics are best comparable to Chad Kroeger's (groan) best work which, unfortunately, isn't saying much. All of the songs are about "not knowing the real me" and heart break, etc... Cliche is a nice term for how stagnant the writing is. While the musicianship is great and it has its (few) memorable parts, all the tracks seem to blend together without really creating a defining sound for each one. The album as a whole is a tad bit overproduced, seeming to go for that "glossy" sound. Some people may find that appealing, I don't. Things like this are forgivable knowing this is their first release and all bands need room to grow from their first release. And, while they have a great sound, there is a lot of growth still needed.

Overall, the band and its music are worth listening to and following because they have a great amount of potential to create something truly unique. They just need to tighten some things up, create a little bit of diversity between songs, and maybe take a few writing classes then we may see a truly great album from Page 9.



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UORawker
May 5th 2011



123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Wrote this review on the fly and at 530 in the morning. It isn't my best but it'll do. I may edit later. The album is on ITunes for like 5 dollars. It's worth 5 dollars for sure.

balcaen
May 5th 2011



3183 Comments


thought this was pg.99. sad now

for a review on the fly, it's not particularly terrible but i wouldn't call it "good". try to avoid redundant statement (ie, reiterating its catchiness) and sounding too casual (ie. i don't mean to call this the second coming...", "yada, yada, yada".) you can still write professionally and be comical!
other than that, it's ok. won't neg because you seem like a cool guy.

UORawker
May 5th 2011



123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The reiterating the catchiness may be a little over the top but I was trying to convey that that is the major thing the album has going for it... I had been up all night too so I was in kind of a goofy mood... My other reviews are much better.



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