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Album Review

In 2000, the youngsters in Chronic Future found themselves stuck in a crappy label situation, as Beyond Music disintegrated around them. Naturally, in the bent discourse of the record industry, Beyond's implosion didn't necessarily void the Chronic's contract. This impossible situation resulted in a lengthy, smelly legal wrangle. Luckily, however, instead of having to get jobs at Phoenix area sub shops, the bandmembers ended up out of their old deal, on Interscope, and owners of a more mature sound. It should be — Chronic Future's members can finally rent cars legally. Whereas 2000's 4 Elements was still wired to a pretty standard rap-rock mainframe (311, Rage, etc.), Lines in My Face wisely paints from a fuller palette. Like other suburbanites raised on grunge, alternative, and Hype Williams fish-eye hip-hop, the Chronic have no problem mixing hues and washes from each of those genres. Incubus, Hoobastank, and RX Bandits have been successful with this same formula during Chronic Future's hiatus, so it's nice that Face is here to get a little recognition of its own. "Stop Pretending," the self-examination "World Keeps Spinning (A Chronic Future)," and "New York, NY" depart deftly from the by-numbers riff slap of Chronic past; MC Mike Busse seems to have incorporated a bit of Eminem's lyrical flow, and the addition of keyboardist/programmer Ryan Breen means songs can rely on more dynamics than the hiccup between "Get up! Get up!" and a downtuned D. Lines finds a workable formula in rangy, angry, or searching verses slipping easily into choruses of loud guitar and actual singing, but it also makes each song on the album unique, whether through wordy raps, thick distortion, or unlikely sonic detours. Highlights include the Foo Fighters-ish "Static on the Radio" and "Thank You"; best might be "Wicked Games," where moody synth textures set up a stuttering, surging chorus. It sounds like mid-'80s Depeche Mode covering P.O.D.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

This album, is very great, although short, because of the mostly the lyrical flow that goes smooth in most of the songs, and the beats are great as well. If you were to get 3-5 songs, I'd pick these in order. 1.Time And Time Again - 10/10 This song mixes its flow perfectly giving it that Shine. :) 2.World Keeps Spinning (A Chronic Future)- 8/10 This song's lyrical flow is outrageous and makes me wanna listen to it over and over again. 3.Wicked Games- 8/10 It takes a little time to get used to this song, but its worth it. 4.New York, NY- 9/10 Lyrical Flow non-stop 5.Memories In F Minor- 8/10 Underserved underration. The beats are catchy and the lyrical flow is great. Shell Shocked- 7/10 Not the best, but can fit in some sort of movie, somehow. Stop Pretending- 7/10 Not really all that great, but takes some time to get used to. Thank You-8/10 Pretty good, but once again, it takes time to get used to, to really get that flow goin. Static On The Radio- 9/10 Sounds a bit like Blink 182 in the beginning, but goes on to their own style. Eyes Wide Open-8/10 Pretty Ok, but its not exactly the Highlight of the Cd Apology For Non-Symmetry-8/10 Lyrical flow is great, doesn't have an end really :) Say Goodbye / Final Ambience- 8/10 It kind of tells a story, but it can fit in a moive if you pay attention to the lyrics. Lines In My Face Album- Chronic Future layed the smackdown on their first, which I give props to because not many bands hit the mark on their first try, but the only letdown I have about this album is that its only 50 minutes, which is pretty short for a cd, so expect to listen to it a few times in only 2-3 hrs. I give it a 9.5/10 and my personal Reccomendation. Warning: DO NOT LEAVE THIS PAGE WITHOUT BUYING A SONG OR ALBUM, YES THE BAND IS THAT GOOD. :)

A Good One

If you don't have this album get it. At first I only knew time and time again. but when i got the CD i realized there were many other great songs. Apology for Non-Symmetry is great. It's fast and catchy. Memories in F Minor is also good. The change from the slow and quiet verses to the fast and loud choruses is perfect. More people need to hear this band.

Excellent vibe from the album

A great sense of adreanaline accompanies many of the tracks, especially "Apology for Non-Symmetry", while the calmer moods in preludes wind everything down, ultimately foreshadowing the majority of "Say Goodbye". Although the meanings of the lyrics can be hard to understand at times, the album does a great job of gripping you on a wild ride through a cynical view of political and social struggle.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Chronic Future was formed by four teenaged musicians in Phoenix in the mid-'90s. After building up a strong local following, the group released their independent eponymous debut in 1996 and had a local radio hit with their odd homage to the valley of the sun, "Scottsdale." Averaging 13 years of age, the members of Chronic Future (vocalist Mike Busse, drummer Barry Collins, guitarist/vocalist Ben Collins, and bassist Brandon Lee) produced a very timely brand of pop-inflected rap-rock that echoed 311,...
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