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Signal Home - A Fragile Constitutional Review

by Dan Upton

Y'know, sometimes you really want to find something good to say about a CD, and it's just about impossible. Signal Home's Carbon Copy Media debut, A Fragile Constitutional, is one such CD. This 4-piece group from Pennsylvania have garnered comparisons to bands like Foo Fighters and Alkaline Trio, claim influences from Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker, and list on their bio as being for fans of AFI and Rise Against. I'm not really familiar with Hot Water Music or Jawbreaker so I can't say anything about those comparisons, but if there was any real reason for the Foo Fighters comparison, Foo Fighters would've long since disappeared from the music scene. The Rise Against comparison is perhaps the most apt, with the flaw that Signal Home haven't managed to retain any of the catchiness of Rise Against's sound. This is raw ponkmo with relatively little creativity in terms of both music and lyrical content, and the sloppy, shouted/screamed, "please don't make me try to actually sing" vocals make me grind my teeth. I've never before known a song that clocked under 3 minutes to feel like it was going on forever, but the 2:43 "Halo for Horns" felt like it had been dragging on for hours.

Sorry, guys. If you picked any one song off the disc, I might be able to listen to just that one without wanting to see your contract burned, but that's about it. It's all been done before, and it's all been done way better.

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Signal Home - A Fragile Constitutional

Label:Victory Records (USA)

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