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Albert React
Confluence and Scrapes
Eulogy Recordings

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Eulogy Record's press sheet describes Albert React as "A sound hard to define. Imagine the best qualities of bands such as Thursday, This Day Forward, and At The Drive In, with an added level of urgency and honesty."

I did as the packet instructed me, and I imagined a really kick ass band.

Damn. They got my hopes up.

Albert React is not a mixture of best qualities from indie titans, they instead are just yet another screamo band. They remind me a lot of old Thursday. That fat girl who lives in your dorm and dresses in black all the time will love Albert React. So will the 14 year old Taking Back Sunday fans. I can see them instant messaging about the CD now.

xxxPunkVixenxxx: OMG!
ScreamingHero82: Yeah! This is so deep!

With lyrics like, "There's something beautiful in the reopening of these wounds/ So I ask you, was it all worthwhile?" the preceding comments are bound to be typed or screached by some sneaker-wearing asshole somewhere.

The music on Albert React's Confluence and Scrapes isn't bad, but it could hardly be labeled "hard to define". A lot of it is interesting post-hardcore stuff. The reason I didn't really get into the music is because I've already heard it. I've heard it from half of Victory Records' line up and I'm ready for something different. Albert React is obviously comprised of competent musicians, and the music flows together well. It's just that all the music has been done so many times over that you feel like you've heard all the songs. Melodic breakdowns and melodic beginnings rule the album, and they follow the standard issue screamo formula; one guy singing then some other guy screaming one word of what the other guy was screaming, only louder. Whoa, not exactly ground breaking.

Confluence and Scrapes is the product of a skilled band. The difference between a skilled band and a good band is that a good band doesn't sound like every other band out there. As one of those sneaker-wearing Taking Back Sunday fans would say, "You're so last summer!"

Reviewed by Nick Shea


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