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Independent Releases Were Better
on September 12, 2009
Sometimes the major label debut of a band is not a band at their best; this is the case for Addison Road. A lot of their energy has been sapped by a relatively-new drummer and many of the creative edges have been blunted by a safe, overproduced album. Yes, there are great songs here, such as "All That Matters", "Always Love", "Run", and "What Do I Know of Holy". However, "Hope Now" lacks the dynamics of the previous version, and substitutes strings instead. Gah. There's even a bit of America-bashing with "Casualties" (the American dream is not about getting rich and never was -- the American dream is the dream of doing better through hard work and the freedom to do so). You'd be better served by buying individual tracks from their independent releases, or simply buying them outright. This album is a 50%-er.