I saw the lads in LA and as the saying goes ( at least with Rush, Saigon Kick, and Love/Hate), they can musically cover live whatever they pump out in the studio. This particular album is a fantastic recording of melody coupled with incessant heaviness. Should that be too hard to ask? Nonpoint has travelled the road less taken, and yes, it HAS made all the difference. Get this for sure- no questions asked. “Development” is like reading a good book- you’ll be the better for it.
It might appear unseemly for a fiftysomething singer to be praising the consumption of mas tequila. But this is Sammy Hagar we’re talking about, the overgrown beach boy who owns a club in party-central Cabo San Lucas and boasts his own brand of tequila. Hagar’s second solo album since departing Van Halen continues down the blues-based, fun-infused path the Red Rocker has traveled since his days with Montrose. Here Hagar borrows hints of the Stones, ZZ Top, and even Gary Glitter. The likable if juvenile ”Shag” (as in ”You make me want to shag you, baby”) is balanced against ”The Love,” ”Right on Right,” and ”Returning of the Wish,” all strong, more ”serious” songs. Hagar’s whiskey- (or is that tequila-?) soaked voice is by turns sultry and playful, the guitar work scorching and soulful. On Red Voodoo, Hagar has once again proved himself deft and irresistible when it comes to penning middlebrow party anthems. –Katherine Turman
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This is an exceptional cd that can certainly compete with anything System of a Down, Disturbed, Chevelle, or any other alternative metal band has put out. The fact that Nonpoint never achieved the success of those groups is unfair, because this album rocks, and rocks hard. Song after song is both bruisingly heavy yet pleasingly melodic,with catchy, memorable hooks to boot – these guys do it right. Only the clumsily mediocre “mountains” lessens the fun. Their songs are lean and tight and they are talented musicians too, in particular the guitar player, check out the monstrous riffage of “circles” if you don’t believe me. Add muscular production complete with room shaking bass and you have one great cd, good to crank after a hard day at work, definitely one of the upper echelon cds in my collection.
Since gaining prominence a few years ago, the term “nu-metal” has come to be somewhat of a pejorative, often associated with simple musicianship and songwriting, weak vocals, and self-obsessed, often whiny lyrics. While those criticisms are often justified, fortunately there are bands like Nonpoint to prove that the nu-metal formula can work. Relying on old-fashioned devices like proficient musicianship and sharp songwriting, Nonpoint score once again on “Development” with a pack of tightly-coiled and often explosive songs. Nonpoint’s approach is characterized by the contrast between soft and harder parts that many nu-metal bands use, but I think Nonpoint are a lot better at it. For one thing, they don’t rely solely on the slow-verse-chanted-chorus formula that bands like Korn and Disturbed have been doing to death lately. Nonpoint keep their tempo shifts far more unpredictable than the typical nu-metal band, so their sound wears a lot better in the long run. Perhaps more importantly, they have the chops to make their diverse sound work. Elias Soriano is a terrific vocalist who can effortlessly shift from clean singing to a more aggressive and menacing tone. Guitarist Andrew Goldman is no Stevie Ray Vaughan, but compared to many guitarists in his genre he might as well be. His range goes well beyond the downtuned chugga-chugga riffs that have become the norm in today’s heavy music, as he throws in chord shifts and lead notes that help make the band’s sound interesting and distinctive. Drummer Robb Rivera can not only keep a beat better than most of his peers, but he throws in just enough fills to function as an extra instrument rather than a mere timekeeper. In sum, “Development” marks a step up from its solid but unspectacular predecessor “Statement,” with a more mature and though-out sound. Nonpoint are far from the best band out there, but in a nu-metal genre marked by increasingly low expectations, they differ from the norm more than enough to stand out. Look to them to be a band that survives the trend and keeps getting better.
Nonpoint have done it. Not only did they kill Nu-metal with this album, but they found their own sound. Their previous albums Seperate Yourself, Struggle, and Statement were all early chapters of this amazing band, who have found their niche with Development. While I loved their previous albums, I was hoping for so much more in this band. And fortunately, all of it came true.When I heard the first single, “Your Signs”, I was convinced that either this album only had one song sounding like it, or a whole album of songs in varied styles. On the opening track, “Development”, they pull out more of their heavy stuff to set the stage for this amazing album. As the rest unfolds, the best tracks end up being “Excessive Reactions”, “Mountains”, “My Own Sake”, Normal Days”, and my personal favorite, “Hide And Seek”.The most pleasing thing about this album is how much more mature it is. The songwriting has certainly improved, and actually just about everything has. Andy’s guitar was amazing on the previous albums, and has only come to display more interesting riffs. However, the best part of this album I believe is Elias’s vocals. This time around, he sang more as opposed to rapping or screaming, and it truly shines on this album. His singing carries most of the album very well, but especially well on the song “Normal Days”. It’s pleasing to know that there are bands like Nonpoint out there, and it’s great to know that there are such talented musicians. This band has set the stage with Development, for a long and lasting career.
Nonpoint has become a recent favorite group of mine because of their sound and some of the great music that they wrote on their first release “Statement”. With this second release, the group sounds more mature and seems to write a record that uses their music to explain the various phases of human life. The way the tracks are written, titled, and ordered on the CD speak greatly to this observation. Some people say that the CD is darker, but I didn’t find any real prevalent darkness in their music. The subject matter was far more intelligent than those covered by other CURRENT rock groups of their kind and is greatly done by Elias Soreano and company. Keep the good stuff coming, Nonpoint.