Review Summary: Is it a mind-blowing accomplishment that makes the bands career? Is it an all out failure? Neither, but what it is is a decent record that probably won't change many opinions of the group.
I enjoy Lacuna Coil alright. At least I used to. I really thought that Comalies was a very enjoyable album and that Karmacode was, in fact, pretty underrated. However, Shallow Life, their next latest album, was best described as, well, shallow. It sounded like Lacuna Coil was heading way more toward a mainstream alternative sound, and the music was, for the most part, dull. I still found a few songs catchy and it was somewhat easy to get into. It was also very easy to lose interest in, and I haven't listened to the band in a decent amount of time, until now.
My first listen of this record, I found it actually had it's perks. The first song is actually a really vast and grand-scale sounding track and was a pretty good impression. The chorus has a pretty great voice harmony of Christina Scabbia and the intro is pretty energetic. Listening through the rest of the record and coming across a few other stand-out tracks like End Of Time, which has a really beautiful tag, and Intoxicated, I come to the basic conclusion that this is a decent record. It is for the most part solid, and while it may seem repetitive at times, it is worth a listen.
Upon further analyzing, the record does have a few big flaws. Other than a few songs, the album still sounds a little more like Shallow Life than any of their earlier work. The high level of editing and effects shows that production was a huge concern. That usually isn't an issue, except when it seems like they spent much more time on that then creative songwriting and coming up with new or different material. It does certainly seem like a lot of their trademark sounds and riffs have just been recycled into this and the over editing, while I usually don't get picky about this kind of thing, gets a little obnoxious on some songs.
However, I think that this is better than Shallow Life, but still doesn't come to be as interesting as their first few albums. It isn't too boring, but it drags from time to time, which will probably put a lot of people off to listening to the rest. Overall, is it a mind-blowing accomplishment that makes the bands career? Is it an all out failure? Neither, but what it is is a decent record that probably won't change many opinions of the group.
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|Trey Spencer STAFF (3.5)|
Lacuna Coil aren't breaking down any barriers, but they have returned with another album that emphas...
"I enjoy Lacuna Coil alright."
do you enjoy them in a manner that is alright, or is it more of a 'I enjoy them, alright?' kind of thing? either way opening with it is poop.
"However, Shallow Life, their next latest album, was best described as, well, shallow. It sounded like Lacuna Coil was heading way more toward a mainstream alternative sound, and the music was, for the most part, dull."
same style of sentence structure in two straight sentences annoys me. UGH and then you do it again in the last sentence of that paragraph. ughhhh.
"My first listen of this record, I found it actually had it's perks."
first clause needs something, like 'On my first listen' or 'Upon my first listen.' the way it's written works in casual conversation, but doesn't hold well in writing. oh, and its*.
"and was a pretty good impression. "
"The chorus has a pretty great voice harmony of Christina Scabbia and the intro is pretty energetic."
first, it's a vocal harmony. secondly, unless she harmonizes with herself you're going to need to mention someone else. also, try to avoid words like 'pretty' and 'really' because they don't add anything to the meaning of the sentence. they're very overused, borderline cliche.
this review is strangely organized. like, you come up with a conclusion about the work as a whole, and then imply that delving into the work further reveals the flaws. list the flaws first and then make your general conclusion. it's pretty much how logic works...
other than that, meh review. didn't neg though. keep at it.
Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off
Album's first few songs got my attention, but it really begins to wear off near the end. Shit just starts sounding the same. Very Skillet-esque.
Digging: Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns
Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off
Digging: The Retrosic - God Of Hell
Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off
"stand-out tracks like End Of Time"
Man, that song has the most sickening chorus melody...just thinking about it makes me want to puke. And the guitar intro too. Everything about it just sounds so awful and fake. Worst thing they've ever done. I hate it so much.
just cant listen to this band anymore.
Album Rating: 2.5
this is pretty bad (review and the album)
Tyrannic made it, good!
This comes off as almost absent minded at times, but Tyrannic said it best with "keep at it"
I actually really liked Shallow Life but this is so boring
Digging: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers
Album Rating: 3.0
Cristina is a good singer ,too bad that the rest of the band is so average
Album Rating: 2.5
Wow, this review was pretty bad...