Trapt
Shadow Work


1.0
awful

Review

by resident shit music stan USER (55 Reviews)
July 19th, 2020 | 125 replies


Release Date: 06/19/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Trying Too Hard" to remain relevant

There has been a severe shortage of rock and roll around these here parts. But never fear, because all-American patriot band Trapt have returned to bring back the sex, drugs, and the rock 'n' roll, and Make Music Great Again in the process, and if you need any proof for yourself that Shadow Work has single-handedly saved the entire genre, look no further than the whopping 600 copies it sold in what was either its first week or seventh week; god knows when the hell it came out since the band claims July 3rd and Apple Music and company claim June 19th.

Ok, I honestly wanted to approach this as a complete meme, but I just can't. This isn't even banal, generic post-grunge—this is actually close to Blood on the Dance Floor levels of s**t. Chris Taylor Brown can't even sing in more than one note without straining his voice to save his life, and his backing band have given up completely because if Chris cares more about stirring up drama on Twitter than he does about the music, why should they care about the music? Guitarist Brendan Hengle plays the most generic riffs ever known to that of mankind, bassist Pete Charrell wanders off onto his own planet knowing full well that his band doesn't give a damn about him, and drummer Mike Smith aimlessly drums on merely to complete this contractual obligation of failure. "Make It Out Alive" tries to be Trapt's version of Three Days Grace's "Never Too Late", but it falls flat on its face due to the unrepentant lack of any emotion or care, while "Tell Me How You Really Feel" sounds like One Direction decided to take up rock and roll, but without any of the half-assed fake soul and feeling that made teenage girls everywhere fall head over heels for them. That's right, in a last ditch effort to stay as relevant as possible Trapt have reduced themselves to trying to be the One Direction of washed up 2000's butt rock. The remainder of the music is more or less following the path of "Make It Out Alive" and "Tell Me How You Really Feel" with varying degrees of suck in an attempt to feign variety.

The production has taken note of Chris' insufferability as both a singer and a human; whoever is behind these boards has decided to make his vocals as low as they can get away with on the singles, but unfortunately have put him front and center on deeper cuts such as "Too Little Too Late". Bass has obviously been forsaken (ironic given the band's throbbing hateboner for scenecore), while the guitar is either being used to mask out Chris or be a background player to whatever insincere garbage he's spewing out at any given moment. The drum mixing is comparatively nothing special, as they opted for the standard "pseudo-punchy drum" approach to be as radio-appealing as possible. Unsurprisingly, Shadow Work is a complete and utter failure, as the band lose their way in the sea of Twitter rants and bad politics they voluntarily dumped themselves within; they try to cater to two groups at once and fail at both due to the lack of basically everything, effectively making the album nothing more than contract filler a la Prince's Chaos and Disorder. Perhaps its time to call it quits and follow what would probably be your true passion, Chris: conservative talk radio.



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Valzentia
July 19th 2020


1079 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Album stream: https://www.pandora.com/artist/trapt/shadow-work/ALbZhwpp6qr7lK4

commence while I wallow in self-loathing for my shit-tier life decisions

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heck
July 19th 2020


4861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

people just need to stop giving this band and their fucktard singer attention

veninblazer
July 19th 2020


11731 Comments


amen^

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William21
July 19th 2020


554 Comments


Damn that whole "be an ass on Twitter to get more attention and increase album sales" strategy really blew up didn't it

Valzentia
July 19th 2020


1079 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

600 copies. a new record.

Asdfp277
July 19th 2020


22989 Comments


this band is iconic

William21
July 19th 2020


554 Comments


BACK OFF, HE'LL TAKE YOU ON

HEADSTRONG, HE'LL TAKE ON LITERALLY ANYONE

Asdfp277
July 19th 2020


22989 Comments


damn

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 20th 2020


21265 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

How a lot of really good bands go unnoticed while this mofo gets a record deal always boggles my mind.





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heyadam
July 20th 2020


3482 Comments


better than anything in the past five years. they r still headingstrong

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Asdfp277
July 20th 2020


22989 Comments


but where

heyadam
July 20th 2020


3482 Comments


but where indeed

Eons
July 20th 2020


2843 Comments


knowing the guys personalities in this band really makes you understand how they made such shite music for years, they thought it was awesome and are meathead morons just like the songs lyrics reflect

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Eons
July 20th 2020


2843 Comments


the guy was on twitter saying that cringy shit like ''you loser haters will never sell any albums'' talking to random people on twitter who lol'd at him selling like 600 copies of the album. he responds to anyone who messages him, anyone and takes everything they say to him personally. Lmao. He is drawing more attention to the album than it would have ever gotten without his antics but theres no way hes smart enough to have planned it that way

Supercoolguy64
July 20th 2020


9691 Comments


to perfect the "washed up phenomenon of the past" theme of the review, weepin included a pandora link for the album in the thread

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parksungjoon
July 20th 2020


21718 Comments


600 copies really?

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Eons
July 20th 2020


2843 Comments


yeah not hyperbole literally only 600 copies

parksungjoon
July 20th 2020


21718 Comments


brilliant

Eons
July 20th 2020


2843 Comments


he also said the album was top 5 greatest albums ever made ever in music

William21
July 20th 2020


554 Comments


He's also basically pulling the "fake news" card about the whole 600 copies thing. Insists it's like 4,000 or something... which would *still* be less than their last album



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