The bar has been raised for The Classic Crime after their stunning Acoustic EP release, Seattle Sessions,
back in November of 2007. With their sophomore album, they return to their electric guitars and rock-driven melodies to present us
with The Silver Cord, an impressive and dynamic album that will only help secure themselves in this ever-changing music
industry. With a heavier sound and stronger vocals than previously heard on their debut, Albatross, fans will definitely
be introduced to a new side of The Classic Crime than previously seen. In fact, it is quite impressive how much they have
experimented with their sound in this past year - and succeeded.
The Silver Cord begins with the unique and ambient "The End"- a rather uncanny title for an opening track,
but holds much symbolism as the closing track is titled "The Beginning." It's very short, barely two minutes long, yet is tragically
beautiful with the lyrics, "Call me a liar; call me your friend. I will let you down again because I'm a disaster of epic
proportions." From there, we progress to catchy tracks like "Gravedigging," and "Salt In The Snow," which really accentuate
frontman Matt McDonald's matured and raw vocals. We then land upon the single, "Abracadavers," a very power-driven rock song that
enables you to feel the angst and emotion the band poured into the song, especially in McDonald's near-screaming vocals.
"Medisin" and "God and Drugs" are also very notable tracks- both focusing on internal struggles. The latter sings,
"You won't go away, but every hit is just a taste of all the things I need to face. But it's all so fake…it's true that I look
elsewhere for you." "Sing" is memorable with distorted vocals and a demanding chorus, "I will sing, and you will
hear me," while "The Ascent" stands as the lone, yet beautiful and progressive, instrumental.
This rather lengthy album, consisting of fifteen tracks total, shows a variety of talent and sound - musically and vocally.
Matt McDonald's vocals are clearly more intense, accompanying the band's overall edgier sound. Although the style might seem
familiar, The Classic Crime has really made this album, and this approach to harder rock, all their own. Every song is a new
adventure and a whirlwind of emotions.
Lyrically, The Silver Cord is very diverse. It clearly deals with common human struggles, internally and externally. However,
much of the lyrical content can vary in meaning depending on the listener. The band has made it clear that they want their lyrics to
be relatable on all levels, to all audiences (To read more on the band's views toward their lyrics, direction of their music, and their
overall view on the Christian music industry, please click
here). Though not a common theme found in The Silver Cord, there are spiritual references scattered throughout
the record. Prominently, these references are found in “Closer Than We Think” and “Salt In The Snow.” As you listen, you will
notice that it sounds like these songs were performed as the stories were happening to them. That’s how authentic the emotion is.
And that type of sound is extremely hard to come by.
This sophomore album has given The Classic Crime a whole new face. They have proven their skills as musicians and songwriters
and have exceeded every expectation set on them. The Silver Cord shows us there is more to this band than what meets the
eye. Their sound has continued to mature and the future provides us with endless possibilities for The Classic Crime.
- Review date: 7/20/08, written by Lindsay Wiseman
The Classic Crime has been placed into the same sound genre as Jimmy Eat World and Fall Out Boy based
on their 2006 debut, Albatross which was a favorite of mine that year. Crime chose Michael "Elvis" Baskette
(Chevelle, Incubus) as their producer again for this project. Thankfully, they have musically progressed with a more
unique style all their own with Silver Cord that is much more raw and aggressive. Justin DuQue (guitar) has said,
"We are not a Christian band. Our lyrics are very positive and hopeful though," and yes, the album expresses some uplifting
songs like "The Way You Are," which deals with people who fall into peer pressure, "and I hope to God that he will find his
name/ and not listen to his so-called friends/ when they say/ this is the way you are/ Don't let them say."
This album sustains the listeners' attention because of the variation throughout all 15 tracks. After the introduction track,
the album rocks out to "Just a Man" which can be perceived as an individual who wants to make it very clear that they make mistakes
("all have sinned…and come short of the glory of God" -Romans 3:23). "Gravedigging" is a very catchy hard rock tune which recalls
the days of guitar galloping effects found in several Iron Maiden songs. "Abracadavers," another hard rock tune that seems more
appropriate as an album opener, is a song that captures the meaning that every human is just as important regardless of looks,
financial power, or education as stated by the lead singer, Matt McDonald.
While this album this album is far from being an album intended for spiritual growth, it has encouraging implications throughout
several of the songs. Silver Cord is an album that can be listened to in its entirety as it's that good. This album ranks
among the best so far this year.
- Wayne Myatt of Jesusfreakhideout.com