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  • Default isn’t necessarily without some talent or at least decent songwriting skills, but I think most advanced music fans will accept how replaceable this album is, especially in our time when “rock” and “nu-metal” bands pop out of the woodwork every thirty seconds. Most of the tracks on “The Fallout” are catchy the first time around but serve little if you want something thats going to stick in your memory or make you think.The musicianship is nothing special, but the band manages to work together to get some decent, radio-friendly songwriting done. The guitarist comes up with some catchy riffs and disposable solos on a few songs but doesn’t attempt much more than power chords most of the time, and the bassist and drummer don’t really lay down a rhythm section that does any more than keep the beat. Singer Dallas Smith has a decent voice and an impressive holler when he wants to use it, combined with the typical relationship lyrics of newer rock bands. Unfortunately, none of this really rises above the cut thats been set by mediocre at best bands such as Creed and Nickelback, both of which I don’t care one bit for, and Default probably won’t land themselves much farther than the mark of one-hit wonders 3 Doors Down.The major mistake that will really kill this album for a lot of listeners is that the three catchiest tunes happen to be the first three tracks on the album, two of which are the bands first singles. “Sick And Tired” rocks with a bit of an edge, “Deny” holds some good yells from singer Dallas Smith, and “Wasting My Time” has a friendly guitar riff and chorus, but most of the songs seem to just drag on with the album after that.My cup of tea is more of bands such as Tool, KMFDM, Deftones, Stabbing Westward, and Nine Inch Nails, so perhaps I’m being biased, but I just couldn’t find much to remember in “The Fallout” other than a few catchy riffs and choruses here and there. If you’re a fan of whats “hot” on the radio and have to fit in, by all means, eat it up and follow the herd, if you’re trying to have a diverse and expansive music collection, look into it just to say you tried it out, but if you’re looking for a vast record with some solidarity and serious songwriting skills, look into Tool’s “Lateralus”, Stabbing Westwards “Darkest Days”, or some Finger Eleven if you’re looking to stick somewhat close to the Default mark but with more integrity.

    Posted on January 26, 2010