1. Moderate Rock 2. Minority Music 3. Absalom 4. First Time's A Charm 5. Adios Amigos 6. Where's The Funeral? 7. The Miracle Mile 8. What This Means 9. Astrophil And Stella2003 Western Front Records
I find myself entirely unable to resist listening to hardcore bands that know how to write a good pissed off song. California's The Miracle Mile is certainly one of these, and they prove it on their latest effort, "Where The Heart Is." The problem is that they seem to be so heavily influenced, both musically and lyrically, by bands like American Nightmare and Knives Out, that they come off at times as insincere as the stretch of Hollywood road they were named after. There are things that I like a lot about this record. The band is obviously very capable and the production is solid. In some ways, the intensity makes up for a lot of what the band lacks in originality, but there is still something wholly unsettling about The Miracle Mile. Song titles like "Astrophil and Stella" and "Absalom" prove that, like most hardcore bands these days, they have taken a couple of college English courses. I can literally listen to each song on this record and pick out what song from "Background Music" they are borrowing from. In fact, the only thing that isn't exactly similar is the vocal delivery, which sounds more like youth crew style hardcore. Even the lyrics are derivative of Wes Eisold's, trying to strike an emotional chord with the listener. They don't just rip off American Nightmare either. They use a structure eerily similar to Hatebreed's "I Will Be Heard" at the end of "Where's The Funeral" While there aren't many people who would argue that Hatebreed or American Nightmare were two of the most musically innovative hardcore bands of all time, it is undeniable that they have a certain recognizable sound, and The Miracle Mile is definitely using these patented approaches in their own songs. The only real problem with writing this band off is that the songs are still pretty interesting and well played. Bottom Line: Anyone who listens to hardcore or metal encounters bands who definitely sound almost exactly like something they've heard before. It is inevitable that groups in a genre this narrow will constantly reinvent the wheel, but it would be nice if it felt like they were at least trying. As spirited as this record might be on the surface, it is very difficult to believe the sincerity of a band whose music is so unoriginal. The Miracle Mile have the potential to play some great hardcore, they just really need to find a way to make it their own. "Where The Heart Is" is a pretty decent record, but The Miracle Mile just don't stand out as a band that is bringing anything new to hardcore.
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falling down_ 5/6/2005 9:26:12 PM
this album is f*cking good. only 5/10? total gayry.