Schulz What Apology
By Theo DeRoth
I have to say, in its defense,
Schulzs What Apology starts out strong. The first few tracks are
energetic and muscular, with strong beats and a guitarist Guenter Schulz
who plays like Sneaky Pete Kleinow on speed. Opener Resolve, in
particular, is the kind of song guaranteed to get everyone at a given venue on
their feet and screaming, and March has as much rabble-rousing potential as
We Will Rock You, but without Freddy Mercury in that weird cape of his.
Envision, too, is powerful and fast, with a strong and distorted chorus.
The first half of the album is, frankly, fun; the kind of music that makes this
reviewer imagine car chases and dirty fights.
However, after this point, What Apology seems to
loose energy. This is partly due the change in musical style the second
half of the album has got more chill-out elements than the earlier tracks. But
this means, also, that theres less of Schulzs excellent guitar work
and a lot more of Jeff Bordens largely underwhelming vocals. Although his
voice does occasionally carry an alluring hiss, its really not strong or
interesting enough to carry an entire album.
While the first half of the album plays well with
stereotypes and gently bends a few genres from the screaming chorus and
fast, repetitive chords of React to the almost country-western swagger
of Lowtrack the second half is also repetitive, but not in a good
way. The last few tracks all seem to blend together, and the cover of Joy
Divisions Love Will Tear Us Apart is unremarkable, at best.
What it comes down to is: This would a good album, if Jeff
Borden wasnt on board. His lyrics arent very interesting and, as I
said before, his vocal style is at best charmingly sibilant, at worst
annoyingly screeching. With Guenter Schulzs track record he was a
member of KMDFM in the 1990s and he was trained in classical guitar as well as
playing punk and metal one would expect nothing less than very good
music from him. And while Borden does have a considerable reputation as one who
began playing drums at nine and staged his first performance at twelve, this
reviewer has to wonder whether he wouldnt have done better to stay behind
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