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The Chair In the Doorway

Living Colour

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Album Review

Signing with Megaforce indicates a lot of where Living Colour are at on 2009's The Chair in the Doorway, their first album since their 2004 comeback Collideøscope. Megaforce is known as a metal label and appropriately, Living Colour plays to this audience, getting so heavy they're often murky, riffs fighting to be heard out of the grinding psychedelic sludge. No matter the tempo, The Chair in the Doorway remains grinding and heavy, crushing the sprightly blues of "Bless Those (Little Annie's Prayer) under a chorus of thick, leaden guitar and bass, the same sounds that flatten any moment of subtly that tries to rear its head here. However, there is no denying that Living Colour wields some mighty muscle — Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish provide a locomotive force which Vernon Reid rides vigorously, adding dashes of color when he tears off solos.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands (Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, etc.). The group (singer...
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