Christie Front Drive review by Christie Front Drive

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  • Released: May 20, 1999
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (4 votes)
Christie Front Drive: Christie Front Drive

Sound — 9
You won't find Eric Richter and Jason Begin sweep picking arpeggios at a obnoxious bpm. Nor will you hear them improving over 3 different scale modes. What they do is simple, they play their guitars in an attempt to touch your heart with theirs. The rest of the band follows suit with this philosophy, throwing aside technicality in favour of emotion. The overall sound of the record is the epitome of the '90s mid-western emo movement. Christie Front Drive make full use of their two guitarists in the songs. "Radio" is a perfect example of their combined twelve string creativity. Although at times they form a single wall of distortion in the choruses. If you're looking for a band to impress you with their technical merit, perhaps this isn't best suited for you, but solid, touching songs make them appealing to even die-hard shred heads.

Lyrics — 7
Eric Richter is definitely not the best singer of the '90s decade. But he does his job of relaying the lyrics from paper to your ears. Although, to understand the lyrics, you might have to visit a website. The lyrics are normally quite repetitive at times. Don't expect paragraphs of text, either. Richter's songwriting style is to use sparse, emotional lyrics.

Overall Impression — 8
Of the emo genre, this stands out ahead of the pack. It triumphs over "Anthology" as the best Christie Front Drive album (although, their split with Boy's Life was fantastic). As I said earlier, the music is the best aspect about it. Perfect for any long drives or pensive times you may have. As far as the negative aspects of the album, the lyrics are quite hard to understand, but I believe that's purposeful, as it's been like that on other Christie Front Drive albums. Stand out songs on the album include: "About Two Days", "Saturday", and "November". Anyone looking to preview the album could check these tracks out to get a good idea on if Christie Front Drive is in their likings or not. If it were somehow lost or stolen, I would most definitely get another copy of the album. It's my favourite by Christie Front Drive and just a fantastic album overall.

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