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Decent But Forgettable
on April 13, 2014
I've been a fan of Chevelle from the time I heard their Wonder What's Next album. Then I heard This Type Of Thinking & it was on repeat for IDK how long. That is one album that I never really tire of listening to. So, for me, This Type Of Thinking is hands down the best Chevelle album & after hearing La Gargola a few times I know the Chevelle I like is probably gone for good.
I just keep buying their albums hoping for something close to TTOT. Don't get me wrong, they need not recapture the excat sound of TTOT to get me on board but I feel that they need more going on instrumentally. The music in La Gargola isn't terrible it's just blandness repeated over & over. It's not a bad album but i expect a little more from them instrumentally than La Gargola. Sci-Fi Crimes had some good tracks, Vena Sera & Hats Off To the Bull had a couple nice ones. It's like they're trying to balance between hard rock & Metal. I say just go full blown metal & get some stuff going instrumentally. I don't mind the hard rock but add more music layers or something. Make it more interesting.
There's a reason why This Type of Thinking is my go to Chevelle album after all these years. I guess I want the heaviest, most instrumental Chevelle I can get & La Gargola just doesn't do it for me. It has a bit of heft with the guitar riffs & I love Pete's vocals but not much going on with the rest of the music or lyrics to keep me interested. Noises early in tracks are fine but doesn't make up for flat out music writing.
Again, Pete's vocals are great in this album but there's a glaring need for more layers or something else musically going on music to match.
Worth a listen or two but not much else
Some decent tracks that really have no legs
Instrumentally & lyrically a bit bland
3 Stars (It's Okay)