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July 12, 2005

White Stripes, System of a Down, At the Drive-In

Get Behind Me Satan
I have all the white stripes albums, I even have Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose which was produced by Jack White. When I first popped this CD in I was sadly disappointed on how empty it sounded. I've been listening to a lot of different stuff that was jam packed full of instrumentation. It took a while to adjust and a couple of spins to come around. I haven't decided entirely if I like this latest effort. I think it may have been rushed and has too many sticky Van Lear fingerprints for my liking. Either that or I'm too distracted wondering what it would sound like if Jack White was backed by an entire band. I think the White Stripes' days are numbered but I think Jack White will be around for a while, which is a good thing.

One thing you gotta love about System of a Down is that they know how to make an album. If you don't think so listen to Steal This Album, it a collection of B sides. All very decent songs in their own right but it hardly flows together. After listening to Steal This Album you can appreciate it a little more. Listen to the Mezmerize and how they deftly move from one track to another.

This CD doesn't quite match up to Toxicity, there feels like there's something missing on this disc. It may be that it is the first half of a double CD with the second part being released this fall. Maybe the second half will fill what appears to be missing or it's just feeling like you've only got half of the total package. Knowing that you only have half seems to take away from this album.

This Station Is Non-Operational: Anthology
I caught on to At the Drive-In when I heard One Armed Scissor on the radio. It was shortly after that ATDI broke up. They later formed two separate bands Sparta and Mars Volta. At the Drive-In is neither of these two bands but if forced to choose would probably fall under the shade of the Sparta tree. This disc is not a greatest hits collect but yet a much more satisfying anthology. I recommend it you are into either of the two groups or were an At the Drive-In fan. It's a solid disc chronciling the group through their career. Shades of Mars Volta and Sparta can be heard. There are also rare and a few demos tagged on at the end if you already have the entire ATDI catalogue.

Posted by hypnobee at July 12, 2005 6:00 AM