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.