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Silent Drive Love Is Worth It

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Silent Drive - Love Is Worth It
01. 4/16
02. American Classic
03. Banana Rejection MP3
04. Rooftops
05. Davey Crockett
06. Henpecked
07. The Punch
08. The Professional
09. Broken Hearts Club
10. Our Lady Of The Worthless Miracle
11. Boyfriend Notes
2004 Equal Vision Records

OUR SCORE
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Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 6/30/2004

To me it's a good indicator of this record's quality that I don't really know how to start talking about it. Silent Drive consists of members of the short-lived, but well-liked, Ink Cartridge Funeral, whose drummer Steve Neale tragically passed away in 2002. While the process of losing such a close friend must have been difficult, the challenge and emotional stress has translated into an incredibly powerful debut record for the band's reincarnation. While the band themselves cite Radiohead and Faith No More as influences, it is difficult to pin them to any distinct sound or genre. I suppose that, for practical purposes, they are floating somewhere between the dreaded label "post-hardcore" and perhaps the even more stigmatizing "emo," but the connotations associated with these two styles are certainly not applicable here. The startling lack of pretention or immaturity are what make this record stand head and shoulders above the bands with closest resemblance.

The most powerful force at work here is Zach Jordan's vocals. While the rest of the band are equally talented and respectively impressive, his completely unique vocal approach is the most immediately gripping aspect of Silent Drive's sound. Both his clean and harsher vocals are among the most immediately recognizable and memorable I have heard from a new group in a long time. His delivery grabs the listener forcefully on even the most forgettable lyrics. That's not to say that Silent Drive's lyrics aren't solid, but they would have to be damn-near poetry to be up to par with Jordan's powerful delivery. While the rest of the band might not be virtuosos in the traditional sense, their tendency to perform various styles with equal ability is particularly impressive. Many metal bands who try to include other styles come off sounding amateurish and many hardcore and punk bands who try to play metal just don't have the chops. Silent Drive seem to succeed at everything they attempt throughout "Love Is Worth It." While it's not my favorite track, even the piano and softer instrumentation on "Broken Hearts Club" sounds accomplished.

So here it comes: the part where I find something to complain about. I certainly can't say that there isn't enough variety amongst songs, as they mix it up on this record better than most. I can't complain about the production which is clear and crisp in a way that most records only dream of being. I suppose the one complaint I really have about this record is how unnecessarily drawn out its final track is. Minus the two minutes of "la-dee-da-da" it would've been a great mellow cut to close out the record. As it stands, it just starts to get on my nerves. So there you have it.

Bottom Line: Every so often a record is created that defies categorization and description. That doesn't mean that it is for everyone or that anyone who hears it can't help but be blown away. It simply means that it is undeniably original. Nearly every song contains a memorable hook, poppy enough to appeal to the masses, yet undeniably rooted in the hardcore and metal scenes that this band has emerged from. To me personally, all that combined with musical proficiency and song-writing talent creates a note-worthy record. If you want to take a chance on a remarkably unique and interesting record, try out Silent Drive's "Love Is Worth It."

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marcuslfh_   posted 4/2/2006 11:55:05 PM
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