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Doubledrive - Blue In The Face (7,5/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Rock
Label: Roadrunner Records
Playing time: 45:39
Band homepage: Doubledrive


  1. 11:59
  2. Imprint
  3. Hollowbody
  4. Million People
  5. I Don't Care
  6. Freightrain
  7. Track Number 7
  8. Evenout
  9. Inside Out
  10. The Hand
  11. Big Shove
Doubledrive - Blue In The Face
No, no Nu-Metal this time around, even though DOUBLEDRIVE come via Roadrunner Records. So it could mean that it is me-compatible! And in fact it is, the more modern variant of Rock, not that far away from the direction of bands like CREED or NICKELBACK (direction, not really closely comparable, I must add here!).

Now I must say that in the past I never had been really interested in these sounds, but ever since NICKELBACK's "How You Remind Me" invaded my brain, I find myself listening to this sub genre a bit more often than before, that is also why DOUBLEDRIVE caught my attention whilst scanning the incoming promos for which to send out to whom.

Of course "Blue In The Face" is very mass compatible and should be destined for some major radio airplay at least States-side, some will be inclined to use the expression "commercial", but well, it's up to you how to label it. Anyways, this album is one of those CDs, which you put into the player (preferably in the car), crank it up and just enjoy, but when you sit down to write about it, you are at a loss for words. You know the feeling? Yes? Then you most probably are a fellow reviewer, hehe.

DOUBLEDRIVE do not put much technicality into their songs, they rather go for a fresh sounding, direct approach, which makes songs like "11:59" or "I Don't Care", as well as ballads like "Million People" or the upbeat "Inside Out", easily accessible and digestible, which honestly also gives them a light "audio fast food" touch, but if you do not need your music to be deep and multilayered, but like it to be plug and play, so to say, then DOUBLEDRIVE's debut (?) is a good one for you! (Online May 12, 2003)

Alexander Melzer

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