Fit for Rivals
Steady Damage


2.0
poor

Review

by NeoSpaz USER (32 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2013 | 156 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Renee Phoenix creates a new band. This is generally regarded as a bad decision.

People make decisions. Life is full of them, be it from the breakfast meal we choose, to the people we choose to spend our life with. Music is much the same, picking a style, picking your influences and so on. Some bands make decisions to change, be it for a more commercial approach, or for a more interesting approach. Fit for Rivals, formed out of the ashes of The Explicits, is one of these decisions.

The style that made The Explicits catchy and interesting, the raw, catchy songs has been replaced with standardised pop-punk stylings and trappings of the mainstream. The vocals are less strong, the drums less complex and flamboyant. This may be because of the change in line-up between the two groups, but even Phoenix’s vocals have less grit to them, less of the quality that made them catchy and interesting on the first record.

What we’re left with is just another pop-punk record. The tracks are energetic, the guitar work strummed fast and neatly, the drums serving a purpose. A good example of this is Get With Me, a song originally written under The Explicits moniker. The first version of the song, then titled Suffocate is raw, the vocals strained, the riffs slightly off time, but under all this, it has personality, regardless of the bad lyrics. In the Fit for Rivals version of this song, these characteristics are gone. Phoenix isn’t as strong with her vocals, the riffs less interesting and the drums boring.

The lyrical side of the music is focussed on the staples of most pop-punk: Relationships, emotional strife, personal problems, which are all reasonable topics when given the right take, or creative ability. However, Fit For Rivals show no sign of pushing the barriers of this style, sticking to lyrics such as those found in Can't Live Without You:

Wait, don't leave me here alone again
I can't make you believe
You're all I ever loved
But I guess that's not enough


This persistent cheesiness and lack of creativity drains the vibe of these lyrics, with Phoenix's distinct rough voice sounding not enjoying the words she is putting across, sound worn and tired. By the end of the record you are left feeling like you are about to explode if you hear one more instance of the word 'Hey' or Phoenix's repetitive vocal hooks that you will start breaking the nearest piece of expensive pottery.

The rhythm section is the saving grace of this record. The simplistic pop-punk riffs combined with regulation drums create a solid backing for the vocals. Whilst not particularly inventive, it is easy to get caught up in the light heart nature of the small solos and leads.

By no means is the production lacking, crisp tones, the modern touch is very clear hear, the bass barely audible like so many other modern rock records. Whilst this should be accepted, it feels like the album could gain from less focus on the overproduction and more on the musical content.

With the present amount of repetitiveness in the modern music scene, it may seem hard to be original and bring something new to the table. However, it is upsetting to see a good group sacrificed and replaced with a boring clone which uses vocal harmonies and musical ideas long worn thin. In the recording of their new album, Phoenix and Co. should consider their ideas much more carefully.



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NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Considering my last review was almost off the last page, and it was posted yesterday, I decided to post this.

XingKing
March 22nd 2013


10594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This pleases me

sixdegrees
March 22nd 2013


17091 Comments


prepare for mass negs by the alt army

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NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If it gets too out of hand, I'll get the meds to help.

foxblood
March 22nd 2013


6797 Comments


skele will have his revenge

evilford
March 22nd 2013


22570 Comments


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Kman418
March 22nd 2013


10488 Comments


sweet the avg got lowered down to 4.1 WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS GUYS

good review btw

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NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cheers Kman. This was a real disappointment after listening to The Explicits and having so much fun with it last night.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


21097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a fit for rivals review thats not by skele :OOO

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evilford
March 22nd 2013


22570 Comments


For the motherland

NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

inb4 Neo is skele

XingKing
March 22nd 2013


10594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

If Skele hadn't fucked this albums rating over, this would likely be hovering at about a 2.9-3.1

NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Which would be reasonable.

evilford
March 22nd 2013


22570 Comments


The rating chart is pure comedy

Titan
March 22nd 2013


4884 Comments


lol...i wonder how it got like that

NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Look at everyone who gave it a 5 and you'll see

Titan
March 22nd 2013


4884 Comments


omg he created like 25 alts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

evilford
March 22nd 2013


22570 Comments


Not even good fake names he might as well be using skele2-78

sixdegrees
March 22nd 2013


17091 Comments


skele and AsinineRemark are the only users who liked this. go figure

Gwyn.
March 22nd 2013


15101 Comments


That tower of 5s is just painful



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