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From Lausanne, Switzerland
Doghouse Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Believe it or not, I've actually been to Lausanne, Switzerland. Several times, in fact. More times than I can count, to be honest, arriving in the city to take in at a distance the ship-launched fireworks of Geneva for Switzerland's national day, on August first, or taking the train to Morges to visit cousins and friends. I've driven all the way around the Genfer See, stopped in at the Montreux Jazz Festival, sat for ice cream near the casino in Evian, and attended a beautiful wedding, somewhat hung over, in an ancient church in the small town of Echichens. Hard to believe that Favez's newest album originated there, since it sounds like a dead-center representation of the town in which I now live, some 4400 miles to the west.

As it stands, emo is pretty played out, and that's no secret to anyone. Favez seem to be quite aware of that fact themselves, having dressed up their previous meekness, exemplified on the sad sounding A Sad Ride on the Line Again, which was recorded in an old church, no less, with a crushing wind of torrential guitar. From Lausanne, Switzerland really is the stylistic midpoint between the cross-town cornfield rockers Braid and HUM, fleshing out storybook lines of lyrical loves lost with the sweeping drone of heavy, heavy guitars. Favez's turning the corner, which can only be considered a success, no doubt has some ties to the production skills of John Agnello, who has twiddled knobs for everyone from ErrorType:11 to Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan to The Hooters to Dinosaur Jr.

While it owes much of its potency to youthfulness and an adherence to standard tunings, chords and themes, From Lausanne, Switzerland is a solid outing of twelve tracks that hit the sonic BOOST button from the outset and never really relent, with the exception of the unfortunate closer, "Troubled Life Blues", which is tacked-on for no good reason.

There are more gentle moments spread throughout, such as the embarrassingly-named "Chasing Honesty", but for the most part From Lausanne, Switzerland makes Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American sound like something your 12-year old sister might listen to while entering cryptic notes in her lockable pink diary, highlighted by the track "Come On, Give Me a Smile", which culls liberally from the Megadeath memory banks.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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