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Regulate the Chemicals
Takehold Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I am just being introduced to twothirtyeight with this record, though I understand they have two prior releases, and that Regulate the Chemicals represents a change in the band's sound. Apparently, this record is a little less layered and loud, a little more pop oriented, but I really have no idea. I can say that the disc makes a nice welcome mat at the front door of a band that appears to have a firm grip on the task of songwriting.

The songs flow smoothly, both within themselves, and across the record as a whole. Crisp and heartfelt vocals are the forefront. Lyrics range from simple narratives in the opening track, to semi-cheesy love content (the first line in "There is No Dana" reads 'you spell love a different way, oh god it hurts'), to wonderfully self-analytical as in "The Bastard Son and the Spoiled One" which finds vocalist Chris Staples confessing "I'm running out of fingers to count the things I've done wrong".

There is a quiet tension in the guitar lines which can be sweet and subtle, then suddenly punch a hole in the wall before receding again. There is plenty of power in the mix. The drums feed the bass which pounds the pockets and is ambushed from the depths by the guitar and vocals in a food chain of well executed song crafting. The way this band blends calm with calamity reminds me of Cursive, and Staples vocal style only adds fuel to that fire.

One thing remains to be seen, and a question is left to be asked to which I do not know the answer; Will this record be well received by fans who are familiar with twothirtyeight's previous material?

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey

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