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The Classic Crime: Patterns in the Static Album Summary and Review (From a Fan)

Brett Nichols

Posted on February 13, 2020 19:28

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The Classic Crime's 8th album (not including their live and instrumental albums) offers a ride full of sounds new and old with lyrics that encapsulate the journeys and changes that have occurred within frontman Matt Mcdonald's life. While some of the songs and sounds are a little less fast paced than the band's former albums, this album should be in the library of any TCC fan.

Before I get into this review, I must say that I have been a massive TCC fan since '08 (12 years now), I would listen to their heavier rock tunes during my most angsty times, specifically Albatross' "The Fight" and "Flight of Kings" and The Silver Cord's "Grave Digging" and "Abracadavers."

But when I grew up a little I began to find the profound lyrics that went into these solid tracks, so I have grown to love (and expect) this wonderful blend of music and lyrics from each of The Classic Crime's albums. I must also state I am no professional at music reviews, so my reflection on the sound and flow will be broad strokes where a more seasoned writer may be more specific. 

The album begins strong with "Miles and Miles" which has a fast-paced drum beat and excellent chant (something that TCC is known for). The song and gives a message on how change is a natural way of life and that as hard it is, it is a good thing.

The second song, "Highlights", is a song about a similar train of thought to take life and reflect on the good moments; it also includes some nice distortion that's pretty different from TCC's modus operandi. 

A wonderful example of TCC's path into a vibey pop sound would be "Take the Moment," and though lyrically it proceeds from the last songs into focusing on living and sharing life in love with others. "Alien" also exudes pop synth vibe.

Some songs in particular that had me reminiscing of the sounds of Albatross and The Sliver Cord was the song "Summer of '92," and "The Outside" one of reminiscing about the past and the other focusing on finding those past moments and using them to propel new memories. 

The title song, "PITS" goes over Matt's insomnia and "Destroy Create" goes into his self-destructive tendencies; both provide some of the strongest elements over the album the sounds of old and new. 

"The Only Thing" provides a short slow interlude to "Cold Loud Dark" which provides an intense pace and message. 

The closing songs, "The Waters Edge" and "Before I woke up" felt really familiar within the realm of TCC's older repertoire definitely fitting within similar sounds as Vagabonds and TSC, very desperate but clearly on of their goals. Considering the latter song ends with the chorus to "Cheap Shots," this homage is very intentional.

TCC's new album had me feeling content and nostalgic with its music and lyrics. Where I felt I had to listen to it a few times to really sink my feet in, I got a better sense of the more upbeat tones (including a little techno!) that tread new territory.  But yet the familiar riffs (even occasionally outside of TCC's own setlist) felt as though my Kickstarter investment was well made.

If you are a fan of TCC's past work or even a newcomer, then this album fits well within your collection.

Brett Nichols

Posted on February 13, 2020 19:28

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