Thorn.Eleven - _A Different View_
(Steamhammer, 2004)
by: Xander Hoose (6.5 out of 10)
When I first listened to Thorn.Eleven's self-titled debut album, I would have never expected it to rank so high in my 2001 albums list. The whiney vocals, the Tool / Soundgarden sound; I thought Thorn.Eleven were just another band and that their album was just another album. However, the more I listened to it, the more I started to realize that the songs were near-perfect, sticking with you long after listening them. I can still recall most of the songs even though I haven't listened to the album in over a year. (And the vocals don't sound so whiney anymore, it just takes some getting used to.) Even though _A Different View_ continues along this path, most of the songs lack that x-factor that made the previous album great. Occasionally, I get the impression of listening to a collection of songs that didn't make it onto the debut album. Perhaps it has something to do with the fuzzy, average production. Perhaps it has something to do with the increased complexity of some of the songs. I could be wrong: _A Different View_ could, after a while, turn out to be a great album -- but something in me seriously doubts that.

Contact: http://www.thorn-eleven.com

(article published 23/3/2004)


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