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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
We are gathered here today to mourn the passing of yet another pop-punk band, but before I begin, let's all bow our heads for a moment of prayer. Dear Lord, in trying times like these we find strength in knowing that you have welcomed Cadillac Blindside into that paradisiacal expanse you have set aside for all the bands of earth with your open and capable arms. While some may feel deep pangs of regret in this time of sorrow, we know that as the George Harrison once wrote, "All things must pass". So it has come to be that you have seen Cadillac Blindside across the threshold of your pearly gates. Yet, in this time of sorrow, we have faith in your plan for our lives, and we trust you in your decision. Comfort us now in this time of woe. Help us to live our lives in accordance with your son's. Amen.

For those of us that knew Cadillac Blindside, today may not be the worst tragedy we have ever experienced, but it is always a sad occasion when the Lord decides to take a band from this earth. We must trust that he had his reasons. You see, though they may never have managed to step out of the un-provocative canopy shading the overwhelming plethora of emo-inflected pop punk bands, many of their followers will contend that they were better than average. So it may have been, yet in this day and age, only the best of the best, those most fit, most talented, and most innovative survive.

Some would say that Cadillac Blindside were at their best when kicking the pace up a notch, and layering the power chords with a bit more distortion, a la "Empty Bottle Evening" which before appearing on this, their swan song album entitled These Liquid Lungs, also appeared on their Allegory of Death and Fame EP. The foreshadowing that the EP's title would come to symbolize was unknown to us all at the time. The clues pointing to the early death of a group and the explosive fame that eluded their grasp have finally revealed themselves, making the pain almost unbearable. Yet others would point their fingers and criticize the Blindside for their more derivative moments, like the painfully emotional "Straitjacket Weather" whose lyrics mention something about sweaters and arson, or the Blink 182-esque bounce of "Level-Headed Debauchery".

Verily I say unto you, should I have to listen to music played in this too-slow-to-fall-from-grace fashion, I would listen to Cadillac Blindside, but then again, should I be forced to listen to this, I would probably commit a most heinous offense in the eyes of the Lord, taking my life by my own hand in a not so graceful and somewhat messy fashion by dashing my brains out with a large stone. And yet, we all know this is not the answer. If anything, the lesson we should learn from this passing is that we should be steadfast in our faith, hoping that the good Lord would deliver us from such tribulation.

Cadillac Blindside led a life. It may not have been a good life, nor was it so clean or pure. Titles such as "Three Week Wine Bender" and "Knee Deep in Pills" would allude to the fact that they often imbibed of the sustenance of the devil, falling short of God's commandment to respect your body as a temple. Yet they did put forth an effort, and that is to be commended. As they wrote in their song "Save Your Breath": "Raise your glass up to the sky/ A thousand cheers is due to say goodbye". How ironic that the song title would be more prophetically necessary than the words. As we bow our heads for a final prayer, someone please get the emo kids in the back a super-sized Kleenex, because the fat lady has sung, and it's all over but the crying.

Reviewed by Mark Skipper
Mark Skipper currently resides in Nashville, TN where he can be found skipping shows, drinking Guinness, making bad home recordings, and complaining about how much music sucks these days.

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