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Album Review

Jet Black Stare's debut album shows promise in a number of ways — the musicianship is good and consistent throughout, the choruses are catchy, and there are good vocals from frontman Rod Black on most of the songs. Though the group excels at the slower, lighter numbers that are liberally interspersed throughout In This Life, that's not to say that the band is incapable of harder-edged numbers, as demonstrated by opening track "Ready to Roll." Guitarists Flip and Dave Muselman turn in steady, no-frills performances, and Jet Black Stare's rhythm section, comprised of Shane Hayes on bass and Dan Swinimer on drums, provides a solid foundation no matter what the tempo. Unfortunately, it all comes to naught. While there may be no problem with the band's basic technique, In This Life is bogged down by its execution. Jet Black Stare sound much like fellow Canadians Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman, and the album does nothing to distinguish them from their contemporaries. The approach becomes almost paint-by-numbers at certain points; songs like "I'm Breathing," "Rearview Mirror," and "Poster Princess" sound almost interchangeable with other tunes from their post-grunge peers. The album's layout is also predictable, evenly split between gritty, hard-charging (yet paradoxically bland and shallow) rock and mediocre ballads, the former of which is sung in a strained tone that sounds like the vocalist was moving furniture while recording his tracks in the booth. It's a shame, as there are a number of indications throughout In This Life that Jet Black Stare can move beyond these stumbling blocks if they don't mind changing their direction. On lighter numbers like "In This Life" and "Every Moment," for example, Black reveals a pleasant tenor that expresses more emotion and sincerity than growls and grunts ever could, while Flip and Muselman are free to loosen up and provide something other than driving, aggressive chords. It may not be what Jet Black Stare had in mind, but these introspective numbers are the group's strong point.

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An Outstanding Album and Band

I'm sick of people comparing new bands to already established bands. "They sound just like so and so, blah blah blah and therefore they are unoriginal and not worth listening to" It is ridiculous. Not every single band can be completely unique and original when compared to all others. It is impossible. What makes the difference between bands is what they have in addition to the similar style that sets them apart. Most times that is solid music, a talented singer, and original thought-provoking lyrics. THAT is where I judge if a band is good or not. NOT if they sound a bit like this other band. Stop comparing new bands to already established bands and judge them on their own merits and not preconceived ones. Now to actually get to my review of this album and band. I have to say this is one of the best debut albums I've come across in a while. It wowed me. Nearly every single track on this album could be a radio hit. The music is some of the best and ORIGINAL that I've had the pleasure of listening to recently. The tempo and key changes within a single song are fantastic as well as the complexity of the music. The lead singer has a phenominal voice. It is solid, strong and has a wide range. The lyrics in these songs are great and the HARMONY within these songs is gorgeous. My favorite tracks are: I'm Breathing, In This Life, The River, Rearview Mirror, and Ready to Roll. In all honestly, the only track I don't care much for is Poster Princess, and that is because the lyrics are weak and more like something from a bad pop/R&B song. It is out of place with the rest of this album, but I can still listen to it because the guitar on that song rocks. All in all, Jet Black Stare is a new discovery I just made that I am absolutely loving. 5*****

READY TO ROCK!

1. Ready To Rock (10/5) Best song on the album-Great vocals and everything else follows through! 2. I'm Breathing (4.5/5) Great Singing/vocals and again everything follows through. 3. In This Life (3/5) Slow on the vocals and drumbeats, but its good. 4. Every Moment (3/5) ALSO slow on the vocals,but a little soothing. 5. Its Over (3/5) Whats up with all these slow vocal songs? 6. Rearview Mirror (3/5) Again the same thing. 7. Fly (3/5) Same slow beats. 8. I Won't Let Go (3/5) The Exact Same thing! 9. Poster Princess (4/5) Finally! A great beat that doesn't slow down. 10. The River (3.5/5) A good beat to it that excels throughout the song. 11. Next To Me (3/5) Also The same slow beats from 70 percent of all the songs on this album. 12. Digital Booklet - In This Life (WHAT SHOULD I RATE IT?) In All, it is a average album, But "Ready to Rock" makes this album good. Preferred Song: 1.Ready to Rock 2.I'm Breathing 3.In This Life. 4.Poster Princess 5.The River I Hope this Review helps you Thank you.

Whats with the harsh reviews!!! This band is amazing and is amazing in concert!

The songs on the album are so different but alike. Great CD!

Biography

Formed: 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Vancouver hard rock group Jet Black Stare were founded in 2007 by Rod Black (vocalist), who started writing songs after becoming frustrated with the creative direction of his former band. After meeting Shane Hayes (bass), Black formed Jet Black Stare (the name was inspired by a photo of Johnny Cash) with Hayes, Flip (guitar), Dave Muselman (guitar), and Dan Swinimer (drums). The group signed...
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