I became a fan of Chevelle when I’d heard The red and Send the pain below on the radio. I had heard mia before on a bonus cd that came with a Megadeth album. So when I decided to get WWN, I got PN1 also. I wanted to love those albums, but I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were some outstanding songs on both, but about half of each album consisted of filler tracks. That’s not to say that there were any bad songs on either album, it’s just that the songs were either really good to great or just ok background music. Then This type of thinking came out, and it was pretty much the same thing. Some really good songs, but also some filler, granted the filler songs were better on this one. So when Vena sera came out, I didn’t have that high of expectations, but to my surprise I loved that album. Sure some songs weren’t as good as others, but the album as a whole was quite good. I couldn’t help but think that their next one was either going to build on their success or disappoint me. Well unfortunately this album didn’t live up to my hopes.
Vena sera’s Safewaters was one of my least favorite songs on the album, but it grew to be one of my favorites, and I’m DESPERATELY hoping to find a song or three like that.
My fears were eased when I heard the opening song, Sleep Apnea. It’s a very good opener, and probably their second best opener, The Clincher being my favorite opening track. After that, the album just seemed to drag along. They do a decent job of mixing up the slower songs, and the faster ones. They have more variety in time changes, than they did on WWN and TTOT, but the songs on here just aren’t that good. Granted there isn’t a bad song on here, except for the pointless interlude, but the actual songs are decent. Musically it’s an ok album. Chevelle sticks to what works, and they play their instruments well enough. Pete sings with as much passion as he always does, but the songs just don’t grab me. Some of them have grown on me a bit, but overall it’s just an ok album. My favorite songs are Sleep apnea, Fell into your shoes, Letters from a thief, and highland’s apparition.
It’s still an ok album. Most Chevelle fans will like it, but I just can’t help but feel like, as another reviewer said, that I’m listening to a collection of b-sides. Maybe if they had taken their time a little more the songs would’ve been better. Either way if you’re a Chevelle fan, by all means check it out, if not, then this album won’t change your mind.