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InMemoryOf-The Things We Try To Forget

November 27, 2004

Band Name: In Memory Of

Album Name: The Things We Try To Forget

Best element: Emotional singer- in a good way.
Genre: Emotional Alternative Rock

Website: N/A

Label name: N/A
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The Things We Try To Forget opens with “Underneath”, a strong melodic and emotional rock track with a vocal sound reminiscent of Dryden from Alien Ant Farm, but a musical style more akin to Hoobastank. This sets the tone for the entire CD – melodic and emotional alternative rock.

This CD has two strong points: the steady, emotional voice of the highly talented vocalist and the standout tracks “The View” and “3 Days”. Both of these tracks are a bit more intense and a bit more emotionally involving than the tracks surrounding them, proving that there is more to In Memory Of than just some good rockin’ tracks.

The biggest downfall to this album is that it becomes a bit monotonous at times. With the exception of the two aforementioned tracks, the songs all sound vaguely similar to one another, and while it’s a great listen for a few tracks, but there’s nothing there to really grab a listener’s attention for the entire ten-track album.

In Memory Of does what they do very well- by excellently combining emotion and musical talent, they have mapped out their space in the alt rock world. At the same time, though, there’s nothing contained within which completely separates their music from every other band out there. They are good- there’s no doubt about that – but they’re not groundbreaking artists yet; they have potential, but they haven’t reached full maturity.

-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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