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15 January 2008 @ 05:43 am
Missed potential.  
So I found an old preview CD to a local band, Carnival of Souls. It's this little cheap cardboard sleeve, with a big blue sticker stating "DEBUT ALBUM DUE JULY 2001!"

I remembered liking this band for some reason or another, so I threw the CD in and popped on a track that I knew I liked, a song called "Dirty". I also knew this song had one flaw, but couldn't recall exactly what it was. Listening to it now, I can see exactly what the issue is: The bridge between the intro and the (somewhat repetitive) chorus. Lyrics to follow.

I know you feel so dirty, can't wash the pain away.
Another life turned tragic, another day of hidden pain.
Let me take your sadness... let me take your sadness all away.

(Bridge)
Now, we're gonna tell you what you wanna hear!
Even if I lie, even if I lie to you!
(Chorus)
It might be wrong, but it feels so right!
Wanna see him die a thousand times tonight!
There's a shadow comin' over him, and he won't be comin' here again!

And I'll make him disappear (disappear...)
as I hold you oh-so-near...
I'll make him go away!

(Repeat Chorus)

(Instrumental break)

(Spoken)
I know you feel so dirty...
I can feel your sadness...
I'll make it go away!

(Repeat chorus x3)

And I'll make him disappear (disappear...)
as I hold you oh-so-near...
I'll make him go away!

(Remember that chorus? repeat it twice more.)

And I'll make him... and I'll make him go away!
And I'll send him... and I'll send him far away!

I know you feel so dirty, can't wash the pain away...
Let me take your sadness...
Let me take your sadness all away...

Aside from falling into a trap a lot of small, independent bands fall into -- that is, being fucking repetitive -- the bridge between the slow beginning and the rather violent-sounding middle ruins the entire message of the song. From something protective and mildly vengeful to something ... well, protective, vengeful, and deceitful. The song could be performed just fine without that bridge and be just fine.
Having filled those rather vengeful, hateful shoes, I can see where a good 90% of the song is coming from. That one line pisses me right the fuck off, though. D: Like, immediate contradiction to everything else that's good about it. Talk about missed potential. >> No wonder why the band dropped off the face of the earth.
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Current Music: Dirty - Carnival of Souls
 
 
 
Maetel Megon Aligorn Fiatima Ashwa IIIdokudel on January 15th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Heh whats funny about that is that Anthonys uncle is the guitarist in it.