BEST ALBUM FROM BLINDSIDE
mr.e | New Zealand | 12/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Blindside's best album. Especially if you have the European version with the track 'Sidewinder' on it. This album is heavy, meaningful and inspirational. If you are going to start a Blindside collection GET THIS ONE FIRST"
Back to Blindside's roots.
Luker | Canada | 11/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Blindside since this album was first released. It brought sounds to my headphones that I never expected to hear from a CD purchased at a Christian Bookstore. Although it seems rough and unpolished now, it's easy to see how every release by this talented bunch has stemmed from here. To be honest, this album remains in my top three favorite albums of theirs. I realize they only have five, but many people would think I am absolutely nuts to place this unpolished, rough-sounding debut above the ridiculously successful Silence. I should set the record straight and admit that I have loved every album by these guys. I like variety, and that is why The Great Depression and About a Burning Fire are so great, as well. I felt like Silence was aimed at the radio and selling records. It was produced very well, and the vocals were very tight. But every song sounded like it had potential to be on MTV. "Blindside" features crunchy guitar riffs, calculated drumming amidst chaos, and eclectic vocal patterns. This album just seems to have the experimental nature that Blindside only seemed to rediscover with "About a Burning Fire". In fact, my favorite song by Blindside is still the insanely addictive "Daughter". I listen to it on repeat when I'm upset. Granted, this album also has a few songs that don't hold my attention every single time like "Liberty" and "Teddy Bear", though some may argue that these tracks are fantastic.
The tracks that stood out the first time I listened to it, and still merit top marks on my current playlists are:
"Invert" - A great album opener and full of energy, and quick pounding vocals.
"Superman" - The verses seem slow at first, but the chorus is difficult to not sing along to.
"Nerve" - Another heavy track with great riffs and addictive shouting qualities.
"Replay" - The opening riff will hook you, followed by a unique sound and intriguing song structure.
"Daughter" - Loud, quick, addictive.
"Never" - A great closer, and also has an intriguing structure and rhythm.
I just felt that this album has too many nay-sayers, and it needs someone to stand up for it. It was a rarity at the time, and although it may not stand up to quality albums like their most recents efforts, it shouldn't have to; fans expect better from their favorite bands with each new release, and Blindside haven't disappointed yet. But this album was a fantastic point to build from, and if it weren't for this album, I probably wouldn't appreciate their music as much as I do now."