CD Review

Blow Up Hollywood – “Fake”

By Marcus Pan

FakeWith a name like “Blow Up Hollywood," I certainly wasn't expected the low key moodiness that the CD Fake actually offered. That's not to say it's a bad thing...just another example of not judging the CD by the jacket.

Almost pop-centric in stylings, Blow Up Hollywood reminds me a bit of Three Doors Down or Collective Soul, but has a darker and more depressive streak to its make-up. NDE is one of the more radio-friendly tracks on the CD, with a comfortable synthetic undertone and some well done EMO guitar strokes that seem to fuse vocals to the backing keys.

Highly artistic use of shadows and contrast blend on the cover, creating an image of unsurety and, quite frankly, I'm not sure what some of it is. This adds to the music on Fake nicely, and while this pop-style sound is not one I'd normally review for Legends I certainly think it's worth looking at from a darker aspect. It's always nice to have something around for a party where not everyone wears fishnets and skull buckle boots.

I have the notion that Blow Up Hollywood has been at this for a while. The music doesn't suffer from the newbie add-more-to-be-cool syndrome and instead plays lightly on the senses with well-placed synthetic melodies and comfortable grooves not effected by childish nuances and inclusions. Fake also shows this with its instrumental tracks layered quietly in between radio friendly tunes on the CD. The just about two minute string ensemble of Darkness Falls for example is faded into with a wonderful segue from the previous NDE and also allows Ocean to pick up pleasantly with its moody underlying strings and poetically induced vocal score.

The only downside to the music of Blow Up Hollywood is that it can occasionally get a little long winded. But when it breaks into a different melody or a new enchanting sound you tend to forget that quickly. A good example of this is both Oceans and White Walls. Both of these songs grow over time, White Walls going over the five minute mark, with a surprisingly small amount of vocal content. They grow nicely, but around four minutes you might be wondering and waiting for the next track.

Overall, Fake is a fine release with a surprising sound for a project called Blow Up Hollywood. Smooth and melodic and radio friendly, this is a good CD to throw in at your next family gathering. It has the pop-centric styles that your gaggle of normals would enjoy, while employing the darker eccentricities that you will. You'll at least get somewhat fewer "What the fuck are we listening to?"'s I'm sure.

Contact Information:
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Post: 398 Columbus Ave., P.M.B. #183, Boston, MA, 02116, USA

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