Write This Down - Lost Weekend

Published Saturday 10th November 2012
Write This Down - Lost Weekend
Write This Down - Lost Weekend

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 125646-19610
LABEL: Tooth & Nail 5099994610123
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2012-07-09
RRP: £8.99


Reviewed by Oscar Hyde

"I am your fire and brimstone!" frontman Johnny Collier bellows on the album's ferocious opener, "The Older I Get, The Better I Was". Then comes the cocky chorus: "We're here to shake things up/We're here to make things interesting!" It's a bold boast; would that the album lived up to it. Not that this second release from the Minnesota-based hard rockers is BAD: the riffs at their best (the opening track, "Red 7") are superbly sludgy. But when Collier turns down his full-blooded roar the music turns frightfully anaemic ("Crash And Burn") - it's almost seems like a different band at play. The songs themselves cover the same pseudo-edgy themes as practically every other Christian hard music band; see "I'll Make You Famous" and its allegedly brave expose of mainstream mediocrity and monotony, quite a break from the album's near-monotonic relationship angst. Again, 'Lost Weekend' is not without merit but is in truth a hodgepodge - sludgy Southern hard rock, Sum 41 B-sides and inoffensive radio-friendly fare ("Cheap Affairs", actually not a bad song, but woefully out of place). There's even a cover of No Doubt's classic "Don't Speak", a playful choice, but certainly not helping the band gain any sort of focus. If Write This Down pick a genre instead of scattering their skills, they may have a chance at standing out; for now, though, they're butter spread over too much bread.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. The Older I Get, The Better I Was [Listen]
2. See Ya Never [Listen]
3. I'll Make You Famous [Listen]
4. Red 7 [Listen]
5. Crash And Burn [Listen]
6. Don't Speak [Listen]
7. Cheap Affairs [Listen]
8. The Florida Rage [Listen]
9. Lost Weekend [Listen]
10. Touch And Go [Listen]
11. Minnesta Interlude [Listen]
12. Song And Dance [Listen]

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Product Description
Write This Down has spent the last two years touring in support of their Tooth & Nail Records self-titled debut, and they're back and ready for more with their sophomore release Lost Weekend. Picking up where Write This Down left off, Lost Weekend will not be a disappointment for fans that fell in love with the dirty riffs and soaring melodies of the first record.

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