Sound — 7
You probably haven't heard of them before, but Unlucky Stars is Point One's third album. Seattle foursome has been around since 2001. The band claims they distill parts of Metallica and Radiohead into their songs, but it's more obviously Velvet Revolver and Guns N' Roses. The opener Unlucky Stars is one of two ska-metal songs on the CD and might scare you off, being tacky and too straight-forward. Later on you realize the album is more about rock'n'roll and is actually worth listening to. There are pretty good occasional guitar solos through the CD -- like the ones in Oxygen and Best Part Of Me, though nothing memorable. Crime is a very well put-together power ballad. It could be great if not a feeling you've heard something very similar somewhere before. There are a lot of simple melodies on the CD -- take away that distortion guitar and it could well be a pop song. Drama Queen with Wow-wow drama queen lyrics might be the best example. Muse-influenced Cruel is the potential single, thanx to it's catchy melodies and repetitive chorus. There are two songwriters in the band and that is pretty evident as you can find two completely different tracks on the CD. Vocalist Lenny Hotrum brings the heavier element while bassist Darren Howard goes for more melodic sound and different chords. That is the trick -- you can never know what you're gonna hear next on Unlucky Stars. Though they mix a whole lot of styles in their music, Point One are at their best when they sound more Guns N' Roses like in Sometimes.
Lyrics — 6
Cool image the guys are trying to create with their metal and rock 'n' roll songs doesn't always go along with their tacky lyrics. Like the aforementioned Wow wow drama queen or Everybody wants your body, you're so hotty, you're so naughty in the title track. The subjects of the songs aren't something revolutionary also -- like the song about you're my oxygen -- I think there were a few other bands with songs on similar subject. Vocalist Lenny Hotrum has everything a rock band frontman should have -- he can sing higher notes quite clear and can sound hoarse in more intense parts. He can even scream where needed, but I wish for more inspiration in his singing.
Overall Impression — 6
Listening to the CD you can't get rid of the feeling something's missing. Everything is almost good -- the music drives, guitars roars, vocals are soulful, but for some reasons it all doesn't make much impression on you. It's all a bit too boring, there's nothing to remember after the last song is over. Besides the sound is not organic -- the band can't decide what they are here to play, mixing a bit of everything -- scary metal, happy ska or irresistibly cool rock 'n' roll and end up flavoring it with Eastern melodies in heavier Bodies For Freedom. It seems the guys don't have a clue where they're going. Releasing Unlucky Stars the band are aiming to fill the kick-ass, slutty rock'n'roll void that is missing now. Point One definitely have potential for that and they've even partly archived it, but there are still things like individuality to work on.