FALL     by NOTHING INSIDE Posted: 07.13.2003 3664 Views
1. Trailblazer (Excerpt)
2. Used To Be Cool
3. Pricipa Mathmatica
5. Burn This
7. I Only Love You When It Rains
8. Heaven (Prelude)
11. This Quiet Hour
13. The Secret Language Of Relationships
16. Tom and Jerry
Nothing Inside hail from the US and are made up of Rome Clegg, Mike Coleman and Chris Camillo. While they might be a new name to many of you they have been going for quite a long time now and have amassed an impressive back catalogue which means they're not lacking in experience as the music on this latest offering demonstrates. The main problem here is that while the tracks are of a very high standard musically the vocals are a major letdown, like something off an early demo while their attempts at harmonising are particularly grating! I'm not sure if this is due to a genuine attempt to try something different or technical limitations but it is a great shame as the songs themselves have the potential to be absolute worldbeaters. This is most noticeable with the slower more melodic tracks such as the "Greyscale" or the segue of "Heaven (Prelude)" and "Heaven" where the wonderful atmosphere that is built up is hampered by the badly handled voice. An outside guiding hand might well be the answer to this problem although, as a rule the music itself is pretty well recorded and shows that the band are capable of producing seriously good songs. Little touches such as the Gamelan-like effects that open "Principa Mathmatica" show that they're putting a lot of thought and effort into making their music as varied and as well thought-out as possible which prevents it from becoming predictable. As proof of this the album changes mood and style throughout with the haunting and laidback "Burn This" being followed by "Heroes" which possesses an impressive rhythmic and sequential base which is in turn followed by the punchy techno-pop of "I Only Love You When It Rains" where the thumping rhythms really do hit home in no uncertain terms or The Secret Language Of Relationships" , a dark electro piece that any band would be proud to lay claim to. Boasting 16 tracks it's most heartening that there are so many attention grabbers here such as the synthpoppy "Used To Be Cool" with it's impressively strong bassline and melodics or "Fall" which has strong industrial overtones, whispered vocals (which sound better!) and distorted rhythms that come across nicely, a facet of the band's sound that "Horizon" likewise benefits from. "Trailblazer" builds from it's ambient beginnings into a dynamic and epic piece that impresses first time of asking before the closing "Tom and Jerry" demonstrates the band's more experimental side with spoken voices set against an abstract backdrop. The melodic finish that eventually comes through is pretty short and not quite up to the standard set by other tracks but ends this fine album on a satisfactory note.
This album really comes into the 'what might have been' category, if they can only get the vocals sorted out then they're going to go far and the excellent tracks here prove they have the ability so hopefully they'll fullfill their potential yet. They're still young and time is on their side so let's see what happens next.