Sound — 8
Kingston Pennsylvania's Title Fight have matured their sound a bit for their newest (and first official full length) release titled "Shed". One of the first things you'll notice about this CD compared to other releases is that it has alot less "feel good" type of lead guitar parts and is more toned down in a melancholy sense then their previous work. That being said, some fans may be turned off that this album isn't just another exact release of "The Last Thing You Forget" except with a new album title and song names. Needless to say they still don't venture far from their original Hardcore/Pop-Punk formula that all fans know and love. The album artwork for she'd also uses the same unique artistic style that "The Last Thing You Forget" did and almost reminds me of a 1990s era nickelodeon cartoon.
Lyrics — 8
The vocals on "Shed" stand out immediately right from the first track on in that they showcase a different, more aged, mature sounding type of vocals that other releases. Much like "The Last Thing You Forget" Ned (Bass) and Jamie (Guitar) still do all of the singing and its still pretty evenly cut 50/50 for vocal duties. The subject matter of the lyrics have also changed and matured quite a bit, One example would be "27", a song about coping with death and accepting the reality of it, Or another being the self titled track "Shed" where Ned once described (at a show in Worcester MA) that it is a song about all the trend following bands who jumped on the hardcore music bandwagon after it became popular in order to simply make money and plan on leaving as soon as the hype for it dies and there's no money to be made. Example: "Shed" lyrics, "You're cold like the blood that runs through your veins I've been told There's a black spot next to your name You can't seem to erase Shed your skin, change your face Find a better body to fit in."
Overall Impression — 9
Compared to "The Last Thing You Forget", she'd has alot more clean guitar parts and slow tempo songs that one might not be accustomed to hearing well listening to Title Fight, one example being "Safe In Your Skin" which is a completely clean, almost post-rock sounding song that features soft singing and flows fluently right into the next track. One thing I love about she'd is that although only being a short lived 27 minute record the songs are more memorable then other albums that are double or triple that time length. One standout song from "Shed", entitled "Stab", comes right from the vein of the old style Title Fight during their "Kingston" EP days and sounds like a song that would come right off of "The Last Thing You Forget" and though hard to choose, other standouts would be "Flood Of '72", "Your Screen Door", "27", "Crescent-Shape Depression", and "Shed".