Sound — 8
To start, Drop Dead, Gorgeous explored many more territories musically than their last release, In Vogue. The only lacking part of the music is the bass is only audible about 3 times on the whole cd. The keyboardist was also used much less frequently, resulting in that the guitars and vocals had to set much of the mood and feel for the album. The guitars are much more intuitive than In Vogue. Worse Than A Fairy Tale was written based around Saylor Lake, Colorado, in which an insane murderer killed 12 people in the time frame of October 27th, 1978 to September 7th, 1979. The guitars chainsaw they're way through most songs, breaking only to give more feeling to the lyrics. The way most of the music is composed, you'll find that some songs sound extremely similiar to you, but then every other track brings something different to the table.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are very refined and appropriate to the mood. They show the inside of a killers mind quite well, with things such as from the track "45223" Danny Stillman yells, "It's all your fault! You did this to yourself!" and in the grand, six and a half minute finale, "I want to master life and death" he says "I swear, I swear, you won't find her body. In time the rain with every season, will wash the bones down the river." Danny Stillman captures the vibe of the album and story very well with his vocals, yet his singing may make you cringe sometimes. The screaming to singing ratio is completely reversed on this album, and it may take old fans a while to get used to.
Overall Impression — 8
Worse Than A Fairy Tale was a big step for Drop Dead, Gorgeous. It's just ones opinion if this step was for the better. In Vogue was much less musically prepared, and that being said, some band memebers on this CD were much underused for the potential they have. Ross Robinson knows how to bring out the good in bands, much like he did with Drop Dead, Gorgeous. With songs like "It sounded like an accident" and "They'll never get me" this CD is most impressive, once you've sinked securely into the deep storyline behind this album.