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The Chemistry Review
by Tim Ferrell

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Music is a melting pot, but throwing all of one's influences into the mix is a dangerous proposition for most bands. It proves all too easy to alienate potential fans by creating something that sounds almost (but ultimately not enough) like a style they like mixed together with stuff that just irritates them. Come to think of it, that is probably why a bluegrass rap crew has yet to hit it big... Anyway, not many bands really succeed at blending their often disparate influences into something recognizable yet altogether new and refreshing. That is, however, what The Chemistry has done on their self-titled debut CD. Elements of alternative, rock, pop, punk, and emo combine to form something that is not easily classified but is, thankfully, easily enjoyed.

At first listen comparisons to other bands abound, as shades of so many artists slither their way through these well-crafted songs. Hoobastank, Blindside, early U2, and Third Eye Blind (no surprise there since the band was produced by former TEB guitarist, Kevin Cadogan) all come to mind, as do Nickelback and Good Charlotte. The really nice thing is that, although you might find yourself being reminded of other bands here and there, The Chemistry does a really superb job of melding these sonic snippets into something that is cohesive, catchy, and ultimately all their own.

It also bears mentioning that, because The Chemistry is a Christian band, the lyrics convey a positive message even when dealing with darker subjects. The music varies from edgy pop/punk to acoustic guitar and piano and it all just flows very well together. In many ways this CD will have something that appeals to almost everyone. While I was reviewing this CD my teenage daughter was drawn into the room by the sound blasting from my speakers and she offered the following comment: "Omigosh, like, who is that?! I must have that CD!!" (yes, that is really how she talks...)

All in all this is a very impressive debut - if you are a fan of alternative, pop, punk (of the Good Charlotte/Simple Plan variety) or emo, then this is definitely one to check out.

Standout tracks: From Within, Hopeless


CD Info and Links

The Chemistry

Label:Razor & Tie Music
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Track Listing:
1. From Within
2. About You
3. Deja Vous
4. Same, The
5. Hopeless
6. She Takes You
7. At A Glance
8. Jones
9. Still Alive
10. Fear Of Falling
11. Stable
12. Last Impression

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