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"Connect" Sick Puppies Album track by track review
So I did this like 3 or so years ago with their last release and might as well do the same.
"Die To Save You". Good Guitar riff, catchy chorus, but a boring melody. One of the strongest tracks on the album.
"There’s no going Back". Its all over the radio, for obvious reasons. Its a boring yet radio friendly song, nice for driving with the windows down but a huge deviation from what they are good at. Not as bad as Tripolar’s "Maybe", for what its worth.
"Walking Away". Sounds a lot like something off of Dressed up as Life, but not as good as that album’s best offerings. Still, its a good song, with good energy. I would love to hear this live.
"Gunfight". Lead Singer/guitarist Shimon Moore has said that this is his favorite track off the album. It has a sort of Rage Against the Machine vibe. The only overtly political song in their discography, it has zero subtlety and no real room for alternative interpretation. Ive seen live videos of this song and it looks like it is much better live than on the album, where is sounds far overproduced.
"Poison". Average Modern Rock affair, sounds like something Seether would do. Which is by no means an insult, but…I dunno. Its fine I suppose. I look forward to hearing it on the radio (If they don’t release this as a single, they are foolish).
"Where did the time go". Worst song on the album. Makes me sad to hear how the band forgot that they could write good emotional songs. Come on guys.
"Telling Lies". Weird song. Its been out since the fall (when they leaked a virtually identical demo) and I still don’t know what to make of it. The lyrics are sort of on the nose…But I love when they do Acoustic songs. As is the trend with this album and previous album, it could benefit from less production, and the orchestral backing as points is unneeded.
"Connect". Like There’s no Going Back, its radio friendly to a fault (but a better song overall). Its an innocent love song, unusual for a band that is normally so filled with angst. The instrumentation is unusual, even for an acoustic Sick Puppies song. Average song, pleasant but forgettable.
"Run". Another super radio friendly song, sounds like generic rock pop. Sounds like a Finger 11 B side.
"The Trick the Devil Did". The band breaks its worrisome string of pop songs with something more fitting. Okay, its a kinda a stupid song, but its a lot of fun. Danceable (or moshable I suppose). Again, it suffers from a lot of vocal editing in post, but I imagine that it will rock Live.
"Healing Now". I believe Bassist Emma Anzai said this was her favorite song. Not Mine. I suppose it isnt terrible….It isnt like a Nickelback song or anything. But I wont be re listening to it any time soon.
"Under a Very Black Sky". Easily the strongest track off of the album. Emma has developed a great singing voice since I saw them live for the first time in 2007. This is her only song as lead singer, and I hope the band has more of these in the future. It has a nice melody, and just heavy enough to appease us fans who have been with them since their first US release.
CONSENSUS: Better than tripolar, which was a bit of a grind to get through for some tracks, but no where near the quality of their USA debut (I like it better than what I’ve heard off their Australie Debut, but thats a hard album to find). I think the album suffers from having the same producers as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. The album is good enough to show that they have talent (which is affirmed by their live performances) and I think they need to find someone who can help them get back closer to their roots. Not that I think they should be angsty forever, they must be in their early 30s by now. But they really aren’t cut out for being a pop group.
Oh well. Dressed up as Life is still one of my favorite albums so I’ll always have that.