Blow Up Hollywood Fake
By Marcus Pan
With 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
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
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.
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