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.