The aptly titled “Writers Block” is a CD of cover songs, which EVERGREEN TERRACE perform with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately EVERGREEN TERRACE have decided to insert a stock-standard boring-as-shit breakdown into almost every single song, at around the three quarter mark, without fail. The breakdowns add absolutely no quality to the music, but instead give each song a generic feel, which is sad because otherwise some of these covers are quite enjoyable.
The first track, “Maniac” is one of the strongest on the CD, with an upbeat melodic Hardcore/Punk feel. The breakdown towards the end of the song actually sounds decent, but the song probably could have done without it. The next track, “Zero”, is probably the best cover on the album. They stay true enough to the original to ensure that the melancholy feel is still there, but add a bit more crunch to the guitars and a bit more life towards the vocals. The fourth track, “Stars”, is the first real disappointment. It plods along at an annoyingly slow pace and is all around nowhere near as catchy as the other material. The next track, “Knowledge”, picks up the pace, but fails to deliver anything catchy or worthy of notice and ultimately is just as poor as “Stars”.
Track six, “The Kids Aren’t Alright”, is a cover of one of my favourite songs of all time. You can guess by that statement that I really don’t think any band can improve upon this song by doing a cover of it. Do EVERGREEN TERRACE improve on it? No fucking way. The clean vocals sound horrendous in the context of this song and the speed they play it at completely ruins the mood the original song created. I can’t begin to explain to you how badly they have ruined this song. May God have mercy on their souls. After putting me in such a hostile mood, they are in dire need of a fantastic song to bring me back onside. Unfortunately the next track, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, while being somewhat better than the original, is mediocre at best. The closing track, “Brave Reality”, isn’t too bad, but is ruined towards the end by another half-hearted breakdown.
All in all, some of these covers are crap, some of them are decent, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’re willing to spend your money on it. The best piece of advice I can give, is that if you are in any way a fan of any of the originals that are covered, then you won’t like what EVERGREEN TERRACE does with them. (Online March 29, 2006)