Over all, I didn't care for All's Well That Ends Well. I felt that,
while the music and lyrics were good, the vocals did not work at all. Craig
Owen's voice was too high and pitched at the time for their hardcore sound. Not to menton, his screams sounded strained and forced. To me, they sounded painful, which is not a pleasing sound.
From what I could tell, most of the lyrics are very heartfelt and deep. That's not much of a suprise, several of the songs were inspired by Shakespeare's plays.
Some of the ones I perfered are inspired by Shakespeare. The chorus for "There's No Penguins In Alaska" comes from Shakespeare's Fifth, another term was borrowed from the Ninth, and the line, "The worst was this; my love was my decay" was borrowed from his Eighteenth.
I don't have a "favorite" on the album, but if I had to choose one, I think it'd be a tie between the sixth track, "The Words 'Best Friend' Become More Refined" and "Expired In Goreville", the fourth track. Because, not only is the title of "The Words 'Best Friend' Become More Refined", attention grabbing because its very true, but I love one of the lines in it. "Higher than the heavens, the clouds part ways. Promise me to never look down, and we'll stay like this forever." I found it a very beautiful and sweet way of saying you don't want to lose your best friend.
With a title like, "Expired In Goreville", you don't expect sweet lyrics, but its another song on the album that does. "You cured my foolish obession with love. I'll love you until my last breath."
From what I could tell, a lot of the album is like that. Lyrically, anyways. The only thing I honestly disliked about the album was the screaming and vocals. It really just doesn't fit. Espeically not on the tenth track, "We're Gonna Have Us A Champagne Jam". When Craig screamed in the beginning, it sounded reminiscent of a dying cat, if you ask me. It was terrible!
If I am perfectly honest, I say this album is not worth buying. I only give
it two stars, and that's only because the lyrics are good. The music over powers
the lyrics a lot, though, I had to look them up on the Internet to understand
The remaining members of Chiodos (Matt Goddard, Pat Mccmanaman, Jason Hale, and Bradely Bell) are better off without Craig, and Craig is better off in D.R.U.G.S.
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