Chevelle
Wonder What's Next


4.0
excellent

Review

by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
October 25th, 2006 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Chevelle is an alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. They can be one of the more defining bands of the genre that doesn’t get a lot of attention, as people call the genre more of a mainstream rock or alternative rock. This is their second CD, entitled Wonder What’s Next, and is the album that got them so popular. Pete, Joe and Sam Loeffler, all brothers, started this band in 1997, and are still together to the date, although I think they kicked Joe out because he was complaining too much. This album is a big progression for Chevelle, as they improved their guitar playing, bass playing, and drum playing. The bass hugs the guitar way too much on this album, unlike in TTOT(CDUI). Dean Bernardini is the new bassist after Joe was forced out in 2006.

This album contains some very good guitar lines, some very soft guitar lines and can rock as hard as you would want it to be. Pete does a great job doing the dual vox/guitar duty, as he plays very technical, and straight to the point. Songs like Family System and Grab Thy Hand. Family System starts out very soft, and features a delayed guitar intro that leads perfectly into the band kicking off the album. This emotional rush of everybody on the same page is flashy on the album, but when they are on the same page, you get some kick ass rock. Grab Thy Hand is a great example of this, as it features the typical low tuned guitar, but some great screaming by Pete.

The three singles, were the highs and lows of this album. Send The Pain Below, Closure and The Red, were all good tracks, but gave the band too much mainstream success. Send The Pain Below has only four chords the entire song, except through the bridge, and that gets really annoying for hearing the same thing Over and over again. Closure is probably the best of the three, at least musically, coming very close with The Red. Closure has a minor feel to it and is somewhat progressive in a sense that it moves through the elements of the song. The Red is a song that got these guys some notice, and do a great job of the song. Everything about it is very close to being perfect, the lyrics are great, the guitar is very close to being flawless, and the drums add a great rhythm section.

There are the songs that also just kick ass, some of which I have mentioned. Some more, like Forfeit, An Evening With El Diablo, Wonder Whats’ Next and Comfortable Liar do a great job of showing the hard side of Chevelle, proving that you do not have to be explicit, and still have a good time while you rock out. The bass intro to An Evening With El Diablo is a very good intro, and it really sets the tone for the album. Pete does some good singing.screaming, and it shows his range. Not just in this song, but on the whole CD. The lyrics are about lots of stuff, like him growing up, rejected bf/gf, and the list goes on.

Pros
Very good hard rock, when they are all on the same page
Pete’s singing
Good rhythm section

Cons
Bass lines hug way too much
Gets repetitive after a lot of listens
Could have added a solo or two

Recommended songs
Family System
Comfortable Liar
Closure
The Red
Forfeit
Grab Thy Hand
An Evening With El Diablo



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other reviews of this album
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  • gotsthedewsdood (4)
    Chevelle shows they are ahead of the radio-rock pack with one of the 2000's best hard rock...

    DropTune (4)
    Streamlined, focused, and experimental are all words to describe the formula behind Wonder...

    Bwgrotha1s (4)
    A benchmark record for Nu and Alternative Metal of the early 2000's....

    Apollo (4)
    Without a doubt one of the most talented hard rock bands of all time....

  • itachi1452 (5)
    ...

    MusicalMark92 (3.5)
    Simple yet intriguing, Wonder What's Next is a solid effort from an often overlooked band....

    teamsleep698 (3.5)
    For Chevelle's second album it lacks talent. Can sometimes get repetitive. A very catchy a...

    Storm In A Teacup (3.5)
    ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Muisee
October 25th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Awful band, and the album is nothing more then average. Pretty good review though.This Message Edited On 10.25.06

Acey
October 25th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, i hope their new album is better than this, not TTOT(CDUI), but the one they release next yearThis Message Edited On 10.25.06

ktstein
November 1st 2006


459 Comments


You know what I love about Chevelle, and this album in particular? It's a minimalist's dream. They do more with less here than anyone else i can think of. Just about every bass line follows the guitar note for note, and gives it a meatier heavy sound. These bros have a pretty decent thing going here, and I also hope the new album is better than TTOT.

DELienz
June 25th 2007


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A lot of people bad mouth this band.... But quite frankly I think they are excellent in the way that they do one thing really well and stick to it. You have bands like Linkin Park who try to venture into different sounds and fall flat on their face. Listening to Chevelle is like watching a movie with tons of action special effects but w/simple and non complex story line. It's entertaining but nothing new. Isn't the whole point to just be entertained. A++ for this band.

thesystemisdown
June 30th 2007


416 Comments


Chevelle is rather minimalist now that I think about it... Three Days Grace might be even more, except for that 3DG actually has a solo once and an attempt at an anthemic, epic song, whereas Chevelle is pretty happy to keep making 11 tracks of the same kind of song every year. Hey, if it ain't broke...

astrel
June 30th 2007


2615 Comments


Chevelle is far greater than 3 Days Grace. (but that is just my silly opinion)

MentalityOfA
May 15th 2009


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Recommended songs

Family System

Comfortable Liar

Closure

The Red

Forfeit

Grab Thy Hand

An Evening With El Diablo



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Recommend the whole album why don't you.





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