i give Chevelle’s new album “This Kind of Thinking Could do Us In” a 1 for the 1 good song on it…”Vitamin R”. Buy the single before you make a mistake of buying this album, cause the other tracks on this cd are junk…a 1 out of 5, TERRIBLE!!!
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this album kicks their first album’s ass. chevelle has evolved to have their same old sound but just a touch harder. here’s a full review….
1. The Clincher- 9/10- nice and heavy. this song pretty much sums up the album. its very addictive and has a nice bass part in the verses. also has a VERY catchy, addictive chorus.
2. Get Some- 9/10- One of my favorites. nice and heavy and showcases some of Sam’s double kick skills. also has a very cool part in the middle that is very reminisent of “One” by metallica.
3. Vitamin R- 9/10- the first single off the album. its very addictive i’ll tell you that. has a sound liek “Send the pain below” from the previous album.
4. Still Running- 10/10- They wrote this song for The Punisher Sountrack and it sounded very half-assed(sorry couldn’t find a better way to say it). but on this album they cleaned it up added a different bridge and made it a little faster. awesome song.
5. Breach Birth- 9/10- this is a lot of people’s favorite song but not me. don’t get me wrong this is still an amazing song but i think there are other better songs on this cd.
6. Panic Prone- 10/10- The album calms down with this slower-paced song. this is definately one of my favorites. its very reminisent of “Closure” from the previous album, but this song is 10 times better. i love it.
7. Another Know it all- 9/10- this song picks up the heaviness right where it left off. Nice double bass by Sam. Great song.
8. Tug-o-war- 10/10- Another contender for my favorite on this cd. this is a heavy song about rape. but you don’t think it is until you read the lyrics. this is a very awesome song. has a very cool drum part before the chorus.
9. To Return- 10/10- Another favorite of mine. the guitar part is very reminisent of P.O.D or incubus. is a little slower paced so it can get you ready for the next song.
10. Emotional Drought- 10/10- Best song on the album period. the cd is worth buying just for this song. this really shows how chevelle has made their music heavier. It has my favorite moment of the cd, where Pete just has this endless scream right after an incredible build up with the guitar. Then from there it continues the hard screaming. this song just pumps me up so much. best song ever written by chevelle ever besides Point #1.
11. Bend the Bracket- 9/10- the cd closes just as it did on “Wonder What’s Next” with a soft acoustic guitar song. but this song i would say is ten times better then “One lonely visitor” from “Wonder whats next”. great song the calms you down after the incredible “Emotional Drought”.
The cd ends up with 104/110. thats 95% and this cd definately deserves a 95% rating. Go buy this cd right now. and while you’re at it, if you don’t have them already, but chevelle’s other cd’s “Point #1″ and “Wonder What’s Next”. Listen to them in the order of Point #1, WWN, then This type of thinking. then you really see the evolution.
It was inetersting to me to read some of the other reviews on this CD, because I also was not overly impressed the first time I listened to this CD except for a couple of the songs. However, after giving it another try I was absolutely hooked. I have both “Wonder What’s Next” and “This Type of Thinking…” and they are both highly recommended if you like this type of music (especially through headphones!). I find Chevelle’s music to be original and emotional. Dark minor key melodies and thick, vibrant textures make it very worth the purchase musically in my opinion. They are both good musicians and songwriters. They take themselves waaaay too seriously in an “I’m young and full of angst” kind of way, but overall both CDs are highly recommended.
This Type of Thinking(Could Do Us In) is Chevelle’s third album coming off of Wonder What’s Next, which I found very impressive. With this latest effort, sadly, I don’t think Chevelle has outdone itself like I’d had hoped they would. That said, they haven’t sunk into mediocrity either. I think Chevelle has lot of talent, and instrumentally speaking, I think This Type of Thinking supersedes Wonder What’s Next.
The first track on the album is “The Clincher”, which is about…well I’ll just let them tell you: “It’s about claustrophobia. It’s cool to get a song out on the radio that everyone can listen to, but it’s about such a dark subject.” Some mistook it for a religious song, and it does a good job of tricking those who don’t study the lyrics very hard. It’s one of the stronger tracks on the album, and gives a great first impression for new listeners.
“Get Some”, the followup track, matches “The Clincher” and shows off Chevelle’s improved instrumentation. Peter sings his lyrics in a very convincing manner, and I found the singing to screaming ratio was well proportioned on this track. It is absolutely fantastic, and Chevelle at their absolute finest. “Vitamin R(Leading Us Along)” is about Ritalin addiction suffered by a friend of the band who was misdiagnosed with ADHD. It’s an excellent track. From here, “Still Running”(a lot of screaming on this one), “Breach Birth”, and “Panic Prone”, are all great tracks. The only songs I didn’t particularly care for were “Tug-O-War”, “Bend the Bracket”(excruciating) and “Another Know it All”.
Technically speaking, I noted in my review of Wonder What’s Next that the sound quality isn’t as clear as it should have been. This is fixed on This Type of Thinking.
I think overall this is a good effort from the Loeffler brothers. But sadly they don’t reach greater heights coming off of Wonder What’s Next. I’d say these two are nearly equal, but I enjoyed their previous effort more. They are reportedly planning to release a new record in the spring of 2007, hopefully they’ll have realized their full potential.
I’ve been a fan since I first dicovered Point # 1 sitting on the shelf in a record store. I loved it but knew that the potential to be better was in there somewhere. Than they released “Wonder Whats Next” which was so beautifully melodic and yet it maintained so much of the aggressively heavy sound from the first album. It was a beautiful mixture of both worlds and it worked perfectly. The album is almost perfectly divided into melodic and heavy sections. The lyrics felt really focused and they accurately captured certains feelings and concepts (such as closure and forfeit.) The third time around is unfortunately playing it really safe, its not that I mind so much that they stick to what they are good at, but they seemed to have lost alot of the melodic intensity of the second album. Gone are the melodies in favor of super heavy riffs that blend far too easily into eachother. The lyrics are pairs of words that have no connection to one another, and are very hard to decipher. They have lost the focus they once had. The ballads are very standard and don’t really break any new ground. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very choice tracks on this record and if you want heavy, you got it. Hopefully they will be more willing to take more risks with their sound, because todays music is far too concerned with sounding heavy and much less concered with actually creating melodies you can sing along too. In order to last in the industry you have to be willing to take creative risks and be willing to change your sound. This way of creating music, really could do you in.
Peter’s voice is the one aspect that has improved with every record. Some may say he sounds like a certain singer from a band about wrenches and screw drivers. This may be hard to understand, but many people have similar singing voices, and Peter holds his own very very well. The only problem is its really hard sometimes to make out what he’s saying at times. I don’t mean to complain so much, but the gushing reviews need to be a bit more objective. Chevelle is still a great band with alot of still untapped potential. This album is a great listen, but far from being the best album of the year.