mycarhasabs wrote:Good evening ladies and gents (I presume there's some ladies on board at least). I don't post often but when I do I make it count. I was one of many who pre ordered and have not received the album yet due to that sob named Mathew bringing a mass amount of rain and wind on our beloved east coast. Thanks a lot A hole haha.
Anyway, I did get a chance to listen to the album today at work on Spotify.
Let me start by saying that I have had a few tonight so bare with me.
I can't say I really understand what some are complaining about. This is certainly no Blackbird album, which for me is untouchable. If the band could continue to make albums within reach of their sophomore album's quality, they'd be doing just fine..and I think they are. I personally love the combo of Tremonti's solo project meets AB meets Slash. I've read a few comments about Myles sounding "nasaly"? I for one don't mind it at all. If anything I think it pairs really well to Tremonti's riffs. The higher pitched his voice goes during certain parts, the wider my smile goes. Sure, there's a few singles on this record I don't care for. My Champion is one of them, along with Twilight. I thought those two were pretty "meh".
The other singles that people seem to be falling head over heels in love with that I can't quite understand is "This Side of Fate" and "Island of Fools". Granted, it's been one day and not a real hard listen to the album. Perhaps within a weeks time I will think differently. But so far I find them a bit underwhelming.
For me though, the easy favorites in no particular order are The Other Side, Cradle To the Mother Effing Grave (heart that one), Crows on a Wire, and The Last Hero.
I for one cannot call this album a failure by a long shot. I'd put it in the same category as Fortress. A solid effort to match Blackbird but ultimately a few misses. To me, Blackbird is flawless. Not a bad song on that record. That album got me through some dark times in my life. So I think to anyone who hasn't listened to the album yet, I'd finish with this. If you're anticipating another album that doesn't match Blackbird quality but simply comes a bit farther passed Fortress in meeting it's comparability, you won't be disappointed. I love it's subtle political theme.
All in all, this has been a nice early wedding gift. (10/8/16) And so is the live stream concert tonight at 10:50 EST.
I agree with almost all of this. I like My Champion, but Twilight is bad and I think Losing Patience is a waste of time. SMAL is very bland outside of the intro. Those 3 are songs I dont necessarily care for. The rest, however, are good-to excellent. I could do without the first 2 minutes of "This Side of Fate", but it gets very good after that. I do not like ABIII at all.. I find it to be weak in general, and all the songs sounded too similar. This album sounds nothing like ABIII to me except for Twilight. The dark tone from ABIII is here, but this one is so much heavier and dirtier. To me, this is Fortress meets Dust. Excellent album. On par with Fortress, but still doesnt match Blackbird. I would put this slightly above Fortress and right below Blackbird. I believe this is their 2nd best album to date.