our score: 2.0 out of 5.0
Cobain wrote his most sarcastic song, In Utero's "Radio
Friendly Unit Shifter," he was taking the piss--how could
radio really embrace cacophany with nothing to it? But he was
a prophet as well as a poet--now, apparently, all you need do
is hit the guitars hard with one repeated hook and sing about
how depressed you are, and you're all over "Modern Rock"
It's easy to slot The Color Red in there: loud
grungish poppish metalish rock without that shouty-rap thing I
hate, but also without much ambition either. "Cleansing"
seems like your prototypical sludge-ballad the first time you
hear it, with its oh-poor-me chorus of "Here I am / On the
ground"--self-disgust, world-disgust, hooks stolen from everyone,
go to commercial. A song called "The Nothing" seems
to be really just about itself on the first go-round: a slow showy
thing that actually starts with the line "Cool down / Your
jets, son," and doesn't seem aware that "jets"
plus "son" equals "Jetson." Sad.
But that's just on first listen. Give it another
go, and you might find something good, something almost kinda
interesting. They steal a hook from the dB's for the opening of
"Sore Throat," and that counts as cool even if they've
never heard of that great Southern proto-janglepop band, as is
quite likely. They can bust out the harmonies, as they show on
the unfortunately-titled "Clone," and not sound half-bad.
Jon Zamora's voice isn't any worse than anyone else in bands like
this, and the band doesn't make any mistakes….
That's it! They're afraid of making mistakes, so they mailed it
in and hoped for the best. Dudes: if you want money, you're probably
doing the right thing. If you want to last in the game, to be
a truly great band…then you're seriously off-track. Stop
impressing us with the sheen of your production work and write
some songs that don't pander to the LCD. Got that?
The Other One
3. Wrong Placement
4. Sore Throat
5. Your New Self
6. Intro / Season
7. Everything New
11. Do You