Tue, January 17, 2017
The Top 9 of 2016: #2 Chevelle-The North Corridor
HERE IT IS! The best albums released in the year 2016. I feel like we should lay down some ground rules before we get started. First and foremost, this is my OPINION. Therefore, I could be right or I could be wrong but based on my taste this is the list I put together. If you feel like I made a miscalculation, please feel free to comment with your argument. I love debating music and would love to do it with you. Also, these albums fall somewhere in the rock genre. That's what I do. Thirdly, please when you're telling me what you think in the comments, keep it PC.
#2: Chevelle-The North Corridor
I haven’t actually been in the professional music business all that long, but one thing I’ve come to learn is the need to please a listening audience. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, so to speak. As a band, you are better served to appeal to as many people as humanly possible. As with any action, this has consequences. Often times you find that a band, in order to appeal on a more massive level, softens their sound. They drop using harsh vocals and a reliance on double-kick. This inevitably leads to long-time fans of that more aggressive sound to accuse the band of “selling-out”. While those arguments do have ground to stand on, I don’t necessarily rely on them when judging a record. For instance, Mastodon has gotten softer and more commercial for each record and they are my favorite band. So, take that argument with a grain of salt each time you hear it come up.
How does this relate to Chevelle? If you’re not asking yourself that question at this point, I am wondering why you are reading this blog. Well here it is:
Chevelle took that argument (that a band should become softer to have more mass appeal) and threw it right out the damn window!
Instead of becoming softer, they went harder without sacrificing any of the catchy song-writing and groove that has become a trade-mark for their music. I literally cannot listen to this album while I drive. It forces me to headbang to the point that I become a danger to the other drivers on the road (nothing new there, though). The grooves are undeniable. Each song could be a radio single, in my (humble, inexperienced, rookie-of-every-year) opinion. The tone is unbelievable. The bass is HUGE (or YUGE, depending on your voting preferences) and the distortion used to provide the grinding effect found on opening track “Door To Door Cannibals” is enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck. Luckily for me and for you that effect keeps showing up, especially used in “Warhol’s Showbiz”. Pete’s voice and lyrical choice are a step above what they were on the last release and don’t disappoint throughout the entire album. He delivers the pained, deeply emotional performance that I’ve come to expect. The band itself is a cut above. The bass lines on this album are just phenomenal. The mix really brings them out and drives through your chest like a wooden stake. The drumming is bombastic and varied enough that it plays off of each bassline and finds itself lodged squarely in your head.
Usually, I give you three songs from the record as a “taste”. With this one (as well as #1) the album was just too damn good all the way through so here is the full album on Youtube.
THERE YOU HAVE IT! #2: CHEVELLE-THE NORTH CORRIDOR!
Miss #3? Find it here!