On the scale of zazz from 1 - 10 Fixed At Zero ranks at 6/10. It just lacks....zazz. The lack of big hooks, and standout moments really de-jazz the whole affair. If only VersaEmerge put the zazz train to zazzville, then this would be a star studded evening of zazz.
Average is probably more than this album deserves. After originally hearing their self-titled EP, I was excited for this full-length, and then I listened to it. The vocals weren't as haunting, the music itself took a step backwards, and the lyrics? It seems like they didn't try. But, for modern pop-punk, it's not complete garbage.
Boasting powerful females vocals, catchy hooks and infectious choruses that one would expect from the genre, VersaEmerge's debut album will turn some heads and give them an establishing role in the pop punk genre, the beautiful album production only adds further to this observation.
Fixed At Zero strangely will take a few listens to absorb due the absence of the post-hardcore type sound. Instead they take the route of a pop sound that suggests that their listening to more Imogen Heap than that other band you love to compare them to. And to even put more shock to it this album all together outdoes everything they do.