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Boysetsfire - The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years Review

by Mike Rapin

Definitely not the heaviest music available to the world, but definitely on the good side of things: Boysetsfire actually impressed me sound-wise upon listening to their CD The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years.

The entire CD is gives out a good sound that, if were more complicated, would be pretty much typical for most bands these days who wish to be "alternative rock." Boysetsfire actually makes simplicity that much more beautiful.

With songs like "Walk Astray" and "(10) And Counting" the mood is shifted completely into a slower and much more heartfelt and serious feeling that could really only come from so few bands.

But to move into a completely different realm, Boysetsfire throws in songs like "Final Communiqué" and "So Long...And Thanks For The Crutches" that break all ideas of this band from the slower part of this CD. Lyrically, these faster paced and heavier songs f*cking rock and definitely make this album much, much better.

Then of course, there are just the kick ass songs of the CD, some that have an almost Thursday feel, but are nonetheless incredible. "Requiem," for starters, definitely fits this role and adds to the great sound of Boysetsfire. Add in the track "Empire" and you'll get the enjoyable sound of this CD.

And of course, the CD has its "oddities." "Deja Coup," for example, jumps into a whole other genre. The sound of this song, is pop-punk-ish with a touch of ska (with the added horns in the background), but as poppy as it is, I have to say that it fits… Another oddity has to be "A Far Cry" that has a dark sound that leads in and out of heavy and soft, then leads to a crazy audio clip on top of a quite guitar, and ends on, what sounds like, a totally different song.

This CD is quite good for being a "non-metal/punk/etc." CD. The songs are placed perfectly throughout the CD, allowing (almost) anyone to appreciate the good sound of heavy and non-heavy songs.

Track Listing:
1. Walk Astray
2. Requiem
3. Final Communiqué
4. The Misery Index
5. (10) And Counting
6. Fall Out Theme
7. Empire
8. So Long… And Thanks For The Crutches
9. With Cold Eyes
10. Deja Coup
11. Social Register Fanclub
12. Nostaligic For Guillotines
13. A Far Cry

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Boysetsfire - The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years

Label:Equal Vision

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