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To My Surprise - s/t (7/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Rock
Label: Roadrunner Records
Playing time: 41:28
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. The World's Too Small
  2. Get It To Go
  3. In The Mood
  4. Blue
  5. Say Goodbye
  6. Easy Or Not
  7. Turn It Back Around
  8. This Life
  9. Come With Me
  10. Sunday
  11. Who's To Say
To My Surprise - s/t
Yet another member of Nu-Metal titans SLIPKNOT to branch out and perform outside the confines of the extreme music that has made his fame and fortune, sticks man Shawn Crahan has got himself involved in an acoustic Rock outfit that echoes the likes of the DANDY WARHOLS, THE BEATLES and is just so Americana you will be surprised and bemused at what he, Brandon Darner (vocals) and Stevan Robinson (guitar/bass) have come up with.

For starters there's no Metal, there's some guitar work but nothing that is going to cause a fuss and no million miles an hour drumming that is likely to render small houses to pieces at twenty yards.

No this is fairly simple, laid back acoustic chill out that only Americans can pull off. Similarly I can't see this appealing to SLIPKNOT fans as their mentality wont allow it and to those that don't care much for the NU Metal KISS Gods I don't reckon it will appeal to them. Perhaps this is just a musician frustrated wanting to let the music world know that he's tired of hiding behind a mask. And you couldn't get anything less SLIPKNOT than TO MY SURPRISE.

However songs such as "Turn It Back Around", "This Life", "Sunday" are quintessentially Brit Pop of the 1960s that meander along neither inspiring nor offending. "Come With Me" picks up a strong Rock beat but never goes over the score, think the FOO FIGHTERS but not as chaotic.

All in all an album that celebrates the music of yesterday without offending any party and whilst it won't ever top the charts hearing it may well remind you of long, lazy summer afternoons. (Online October 23, 2003)

Chris Doran



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