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Point #1

Point #1

May 4, 1999
4.5 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

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Chevelle's first album might come as a shock to those initiated with the more recent albums ("Wonder What's Next" and "This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In")), mainly because it sounds like a totally different band! Not that their new style is a bad thing, I love Chevelle, and the new sound is working for them just as well, but "Point #1," their debut, is just phenomenal. An undiscovered gem. I've had this CD since it's release in 1999, so listening to it provides a lot of nostalgia for me, and it holds a special place in my heart. This album is full of passion, intensity and pure emotion. Pete Loeffler, guitarist and vocalist, shines through with thoughtful, often cryptic and poetic lyrics, while his voice often echoes that of Maynard James Keenan, but with it's own distinct sound. His brothers, Joe and Sam, back him up on bass and drums (respectively) and the dynamic between the three is unbelieveable. Despite the fact that they reportedly fight a lot, whenever they get together, the combination is explosive and shows in the music. The album begins with the appropriately titled "Open," a two minute instrumental that primes you up for the album, and showcases some solid musicianship. The song bleeds into the next, the now classic "Point #1," which is my personal favorite Chevelle song of all time (anyone remember that creepy video they did for it?), and shows off what Chevelle are all about. The album continues along at a fast pace, slowing down briefly for the emotionally draining and beautiful "Dos," but the pace is picked up by more uptempo tracks like "Sma" and "Mia." A lot of people tote Chevelle as Tool sound-alikes, but I only hear it in Pete's voice. Musically, I always though of them as being more in common with Helmet, as displayed on songs like "Skeptic" and "Long.Read more ›
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The three piece brother band Chevelle has put out one of the most quality debut albums by any band in any genre I have heard. There are no flaws to this album at all. Yeah..they sound like Tool, but that is not in any way a flaw. It's not like there are any other bands out there that have stepped up and given Tool fans(as well as any fan of hard rock in general) another good band to pursue. Chevelle explodes on all 11 tracks of this emotional-hard rock disc. The trio of brothers will usually start out a song with a quiet guitar intro while Pete sings in an almost meek, trembling voice. Then they will break into one of the most explosive combos of powerful vocals and rip-tear guitar playing that you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. On a final note...Chevelle may not be the most talented band in the world, but they just plain and simple play some of the best hard rock. There is no better way of putting it.
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Clearly Chevelle's best album. Ignore the abysmal production quality, and instead enjoy the creativity and unique sound of Point #1. While the band is more commercially successful now that they've allowed themselves to fall victim to the radio-friendly formula, Point #1 was written from the heart by a group of guys who wanted to play the kind of music they liked. It's always fun to check out an artist's early work when it was genuinely imagined and passionately performed.
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I love all things Chevelle.They never disappoint me. Love them on CD, and more so live.

This is an early effort and one I had not heard till later, after all their other albums...and its great to hear all their "sounds" and such in their seminal stages.
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I'm sorry, I could care less about any other Chevelle album - the original Point #1 was pure gut wrenching alternative enjoyment. The original version of "Mia" is the best song they have ever written and the rest of the album was awesome too.

My CD from 1999 (the real "Point #1") was too worn, so I decided to pick-up another copy for old time's sake... what?! The solos, feedback, and little touches of improvisation have been STRIPPED from the entire album. Point #1 (pun intended), in "Mia" after the second time he sings "I made a face that bugs you" you can hear feedback kick in. Now, on the original album (and as can be heard in the official video) there should be a violent clash of feedback and someone hitting the guitar, but in this new version it quickly dies out. And it'll keep doing it on every other song where things would get fun.

Summary: this album in its present condition is somewhat enjoyable - but it doesn't feel complete. It seems vanilla and polished. But, if you'd be into a poppy redo of an album to make it sound more like their later material - rather than an honest take of a band trying to make it big (and admittedly evolving into a sound I dislike), feedback, solos, and all.

This review is probably falling on deaf ears though. Most folks aren't approaching Chevelle as a fledgling 1999 band and will be looking at Point #1 as back catalog with an opinion about the group (probably the opposite of mine).

Do yourself a favor, check out the official video... you'll be both impressed and perplexed as to what has happened.

http://youtu.be/VamjkbiMKmE
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