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For The Great Depression, Blindside teamed up again with Lasse "Lars" Marten, who produced the band's landmark debut, and recorded the album at Decibel Studios in Stockholm. As with every Blindside release, The Great Depression shows the bands growth as musicians, songwriters and people. Songs like the powerful 'Yem Kellar' were born out of singer/lyricist Christian Lindskog's six week stay in South Africa. Musically the band is more powerful than ever with the trademark heavy guitar attack joining with a more danceable drum and bass groove. Sonically and lyrically every track on this record will have an impact on Blindsides army of fans. RT Entertainment. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DRT Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000A2H2RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No album of Blindside has been the same as the one before. Since 1994 Blindside has wowed listeners with musical brilliance and lyrical astuteness, and they do so again. The fans of their self-titled debut album, found "A Thought Crushed My Mind" to be an acquired taste with tracks such as "My Mother's Only Son" and "Nara." And again with "Silence" and once more with "About a Burning Fire". Like the previous albums, "The Great Depression" should be taken, to a certain extent, independently from their other releases. So, if you're looking for the "old Blindside," I don't think you'll find it in the way you expect.

You think you've got Blindside figured out? Think again. This album has a different taste, it's true, but just like the other four albums, it won't leave your stereo until the last song is played... at least. You'll find traces of the "old Blindside" in different songs. For example, "Come to Rest" appeals most to their self-titled debut, whereas "Put Back the Stars" reminds me of "Midnight" of their album "Silence." However, to really enjoy the music of this album, you need to dig deep in the lyrics. They talk about the Christian every day fight with themselves, not the devil, in order to give God the best of who they are. Words such as "Break my jaw, I don't care/ Just stay with me, Stay" stand out and us that it's better to be found in God at any cost, than to never find yourself in the world.

Truly deep words pair up with beautifully reflective music to provide a glance into who we are and what we should be. Oh, yeah, there are songs that take you back to each of the four last albums, but they have a new, familiar sound that you just can't not fall in love with.
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This record is the album Blindside fans never saw coming. The band has reached such an emotional maturity in their musicianship that I am just torn apart inside by each song and all of the different images and moods they conjure up inside of me.They put away the catchy hooks that made About a Burning Fire so amazing and decide to focus more on mood and the thematic elements that make this more of a concept album than anything else.

Blindside stripped down their sound and have rebuilt it to give the guitars a much more creepier feel. Simon's melodies have a lovely way of pulling away just when you think they are going for the big catchy riff the band has become known for. He pulls away and instead Christians voice provides the hook and makes every song that much more powerful. The bass is the heart of this great depression as it keeps the tone and feel of the record consistent and the drumming adds a distant echo to the soft songs and a crashing insanity to the fewer hard songs.

This is definetly the kind of record that gives a band like Blindside the kind of artistic credit the genre seems to never receive by critics. The lyrics are some of Christians best and the "fun" lyrics of About a Burning Fire (Hooray for L.A., Swallow) are now set aside for much more deep and disturbing trip to the real flesh and bones of the front man we've known all these years. The song structures are disjointed and may put off some first time listeners but these are the kinds of songs that can grow on you while other songs on this album just grab you and won't let go.

So what should fans expect? This is the kind of experimental and emotional intensity fans have longed for since their sophomore record.
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Once again, Blindside continues to refuse to be placed in the genre box. Are they hardcore? Sometimes. Are they catchy pop rock? Other times. Are they disco? Uh, yep...I hear a little bit there.

2005 finds us anticipating the fifth studio release of this Swedish band, and having given myself about five days to take it in, I can say without a doubt that the boys have done it again. From beginning to end, "The Great Depression" is a stellar example of what rock music should be.

Clearly, these guys know exactly where they are going and they have no problem getting there. Anyone standing in their way is going to get steamrolled.

No, this is not quite the radio friendly "Silence" era Blindside. Nor is it the extreme "A Thought Crushed My Mind" Blindside. If I had to compare them to anything, I would go all the way back to their debut self-titled album. Knowing that the band returned to their homeland of Sweden to record this album, it should be no surprise that it is, in many ways, a return to their roots.

From the beginning, Blindside was never a typical hardcore band. They had a front man screamer who could sing, for one thing (and they were doing that long before Linkin Park, thank you very much). They didn't rely on the easy riffs to get them through a song. They were always looking to do something different. But no matter how out there they went, it was always inspired songwriting with impecable performances. "The Great Depression" does not change that tradition.

The variety on this album is amazing. One of the heaviest songs you will ever hear, "Yamkela", will absolutely rip your face off. I just dare you to listen to this song and resist the urge to jump around the room. I hope I get a chance to see them play this one live soon.
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