Flaw - Endangered Species
by Curtis Harrington
Here we have FLAWs sophomore album, "Endangered
Species". When I picked up this CD, I fell in love with the cover shot--Props
for that. But the actual CD is a different story.
12 Flaw'ed Steps
1. Medicate-the CD starts off with a hard
hitting metal song. But, looking through the thick metal riffs, I hear
obvious song structure, that I hear too much. You know what I mean: verse,
chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus. It has some potential, needs some
2. Endangered Species-this is where I realized
why they sounded so familiar. These boys sound an awful lot like Disturbed.
This song was a more melodic rock song, with the lyrics a little... obvious.
Speaking of obvious, song structure. Strike two.
3. Recognize-so far, it seems that the
songs have been getting progressively slower. Although, the upper of this
song is that it doesnt have such an obvious song structure. They mix it
up a little. So far, Im not a big fan.
4. Wait For Me-CORRECT I AM!! The songs
are getting slower. Im predicting by song 12, they wont even be playing
music (dare I dream). This song is more of an acoustic ballad. The lyrics
are a little whiney and over done. It really takes away from their tough
image. Sounds almost christian.
5. Many Faces-ah, back to the more up beat
rock. I guess he finished crying. Its still a little slow, but I was probably
asking for too much. The biggest downer of this CD is the obvious song
structure. Yes, if this was a baseball game, they would be out (strike
3 FLAW, strike 3). The lyrics sound very confused. I didnt
think he was trying to make any kind of
a point... I hope not.
6. All the Worst-Im pretty sure they gave
up trying to make a rock album. I have to respect a band that can totally
switch genres during the album. The thing I noticed about this song (aside
from pathetic lyrics) is that it has the exact same song structure as the
first song. Breathtaking.
7. Youve Changed-No, buddy, youve changed...
youve changed. Within the last 20 minutes. This song is a lot harder than
the past 5 tracks. They still sound like Disturbed, the lyrics still require
no thought, and it is still predictable.
8. Turn the Tables-surprise, the song begins
to slow down. Its all a pattern. I have a feeling the next song will be
slower. SONG STRUCTURE, SONG STRUCTURE!! Kill me.
9. Worlds Divide-Guess who was right! The
song slows tremendously. The lyrics fail to provoke thought. Honestly,
all the songs seem to say the same thing. Still presenting their thoughts
with a lame dose of crap music.
10. Not Enough- This song speeds up a little.
Wait a minute... the song Not Enough is actually track 12. Shame, shame.
11. Final Cry-this is the right song. That's
a good thing... unfortunately, that is the ONLY good thing. What do you
expect? Hopefully not quality.
12. (see track 10... but vice-versa)