Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life review
|Release date:||April 2009|
02. I Won't Tell You
03. Not Enough
04. I'm Not Afraid
05. I Like It
07. The Pain
09. Wide Awake
10. The Maze
12. Shallow Life
13. The Last Goodbye [Deluxe Edition bonus]
14. Leaving Alone [Deluxe Edition bonus]
15. Oblivion [Deluxe Edition bonus]
Lacuna Coil has a new album, I think I like it. I do, the Italian iconic historic Gothic act has released a new work and it's not that bad at all, yes, not t h a t bad. I once reviewed their first full-length album, the tender and warm In A Reverie which is at the beginning section of their artistic evolution scale and now here we have the steely and much more aggressive Shallow Life. The journey once taken on the same path side by side with their comrades The Gathering has been leading into a separate direction for a long time already but this is the furthest point from the warm and mellow poetry from their early days.
The overall structure of the album is quite firm and made up of more or less fast and catchy songs with a small proportion of slower songs out of which one stands up as a quite beautiful ballad. One aspect that has angered many people, namely the presence of sounds so familiar from nu-metal groups becomes evident already in the first track, but to protect the band a bit I must say that the rawness of the style shared by bands such as Slipknot and Korn is toned down by Lacuna Coil even though they do use similar instrumental effects in their later works. That smooth softness is still in the air that was created on the first albums and no one can deny that Cristina Scabbia is one lovely singer. This is where the musical journey has taken the band and, to be honest, Lacuna Coil has managed to incorporate all the musical effects into their work and have not forgotten to add their own original sauce to all of it.
All in all every album of Lacuna Coil has its pros and cons. This one is similar to Karmacode but the layout of pros and cons appears in a slightly different way. Karmacode had a strong and catchy part in the beginning and lost the grip in some places in the end, the strength of Shallow Life is a bit more equally distributed along the length of the whole tracklist. But then again the differences are only minor.
The best songs I would like to point out are "Survive" and "Not Enough" appear as the catchier ones and serve as potential "hit songs", "Wide Awake" stands out among the slower songs and the best of the best from this album is "Spellbound", a perfect song which actually does recall that good soft Gothic movement of the band's past days now appearing in new fine form fit for new days. And a particular song that caught my attention is "I Like It", a simple song with a simple message and a hilarious video. Why are we listening to their work anyway, we like'em, and why are they making music for us, they like it. It's that simple. With all this I wish success for the band and hope to hear more from them soon.
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