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This album was a long time coming, and well worth the wait. A lot of the songs show how lead singer, Butch, has matured over the years with his lyrical ability. Going from personal doubt in "Better Off Dead" to willingness to keep moving forward and never giving up in "Ida Know". There is also some touches of humor with the greatest ode to being completely broke ever, "Locash". And don't forget the staple metal song, "Metal Killed My Cat". This a 30 second track that may make you want to put Fluffy outside to prevent an early death.
There are a lot of standout tracks on this album, but none are as good as "Subhumanitarian Homewrecked Blues". This is the best new song 30footFALL wrote for this album. The lyrics are a good illustration of the growth Butch has had from the older albums. Living the poor, homeless musician lifestyle has done him well in some ways. "Kirk Cameron Sings The Blues" borrows some themes from Propagandhi's "Refusing To Be A Man". It's great to hear someone talk about how it's not important to act macho and play the whole male facade, but it's more important to be nice to people and get along.
This album also has the staple cover song. Playing as many hometown shows as they do, 30footFALL is always forced to play cover to keep the sets interesting. This cover is really interesting, it's The Cure's song "Just Like Heaven". It stays true to the original except for the upbeat tempo, but then cuts into the metal chorus with deep growls of "YOU! Lost and lonely! YOU!"
This album is a great picture of how a band grows over the years. From 1995 when I first picked up Divided We Stand until now, 30footFALL has kept moving and making damn good music. Hopefully they'll decide to tour again soon so everyone can see them. They're a definite must see. The album is available from 30footFALL's site, and Nitro Records. But as always, buy from the bands if at all possible, they need the help. Especially when you are sponsored by Ghetto Gear like 30footFALL.
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