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October Fall
A Season In Hell
Decaydance

Rating: 3/10 ?


March 9, 2006
The five young men of October Fall look up at me with blatantly posed, wistful glances. This publicity photo has been shot a thousand times, always in an attempt to lure in the hearts and ears of young girls. Immediately I think that the music contained herein shouldn't appeal to anyone outside of the teeny-bopper bracket and I'm pretty much right on.

If my memory works correctly, a high school friend had a similarly posed N'sync photo up on her wall, and, sadly for October Fall, it's a fitting comparison. A Season In Hell is boy band music for the emo "rock" generation. All eleven tracks are far too poppy and obviously contrived to be remotely substantive. Everything about October Fall-from their band name to their songs' titles-appear deliberately derivative.

I guess if you know a crop of mostly untalented rip-off bands are about to ride your coattails, you might as well make some money off of it. I suppose this is the logic for Fall Out Boy bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz and his Fueled by Ramen imprint Decaydance, because if you took away everything decent about Fall Out Boy, what remained would be a band that would make an album as bad as A Season In Hell.

Say what you want about the MTV mainstays. From Under the Cork Tree is anything but flawless. However what many of their pop-punk/emo brethren fail to capture is their passion and humor-neither of which October Fall possesses on their debut album. October Fall choose complacent pop over energetic fervor with an end result that is far more Splenda than splendid

The album opener "Second Chances" only reinforces the group's ties with Fall Out Boy. And while this connection is really the only thing the band has going for it, FOB lead singer Patrick Stump's guest vocals exhibit the only passionate singing on the album. Having your famous buds guest on your album isn't a bad idea, but you're not supposed to let them show you up-especially not on the first song.

The ten remaining tracks meander through repetitive stories of young loss of love and self-doubt. Of course they also mention tattoos and use curse words here and there to seem just dangerous enough to, well, seem dangerous. But the absurd lyrics - like "My visions blurred/ Can you tell I'm a kid that was not into going to church?" - only make the spectacle more trite and tedious. October Fall sounds like Radio Disney fare attempting to get lost in the dark, suburban underbelly without having the stones to even take a first step.

If Wentz wants to make any money and has any aspirations of maintaining FOBs already shakey cred, he needs to steer Decaydance away from poorly executed and passionless acts like October Fall.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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