Review Summary: Too Close to Rip Off
When I look for emotion in a post-hardcore/alternative rock effort, one band always comes to my mind: Too Close to Touch. This right here is nothing more than The Word Alive ripping them off bit by bit. Don’t tell me you can’t hear a track like “Burning Your World Down” and not think it’s a haphazardly-written Haven’t Been Myself
B-side, and that’s one of the better songs on this display of averageness that would’ve been better off in the bargain bin of your local Walmart trash can--er, I mean, discount CD section. While nothing here is inherently awful
, it’s very telling that Telle Smith refuses to accept the grim reality that, maybe his newer efforts aren’t as inspired as he thinks they are. A couple tracks may stand out, but only by a slim margin. Everything else is nothing more than just Too Close to Touch-lite. I may have been more forgiving in the past, with records like Violent Noise
, but at least those albums bothered to pretend to give a fuck about artistic integrity. This is soulless, banal, yet otherwise inoffensive when you forget about the band The Word Alive is shamelessly aping.