Escape The Fate's self-titled, thrid album is their best one yet. I'm not just
saying that either, as I realize I have said that in every album so far. I say
that because every song isgreat, and for the most part has very deep lyrics,
backed with strong beats. Some songs are more emotional than others, but you
can't help but like the entire ablum. Usually, I do not like introductions to
CD's, but the ominious beat to hte simple song, "Choose Your Fate", is a great
intro to the album, I will admit.
Many of the songs on the album have deep, personal meanings to the members. Take, "Massacre", the first track on the album. Written by the bassist, Maxwell Green, its a cry for help. Its saying he knows better than to be involved with drugs, but he just can't give them up on his own. Not long after the album was released in November 2011, Max entered rehav to get the help he knew he needed.
Every song is great, but some stood out more than others. Some were simply because I knew the deep meanings behind them. The eighth track, "Lost In Darkness" is one of them. The song tells you the morbid and true tale of a girl getting dragged out of her home, raped and possibly killed. This unfortunately, happened to a friend of Craig Mabbitt's. It is a sad song really, but he sounds so into the lyrics he's singing, I adore the song. Morbid or not, he brings the song to life.
Then there's "World Around Me", the tenth track on the album. Its one of the only slow songs the band has, and was written about the relationship between Craig, his daughter Lelia, and his girlfriend, Gabbi. The song is asking why the world we live in is so messed up, and full of lies. "I don't want to be demanding, I just want to know the reasons why we live and die in a world of lies?"
Relationships are tough, and this song beautifully expresses that. What I love
about this song, or even this album in particular, is you can hear the passion
in his voice. This song espeically, because you can tell his daughter and
girlfriend mean the world to him, and I find that very
The eleventh track on the album, "The Aftermath (The Guillotine Part III) is the conclusion to a three part "series" of songs, that is strung out among all three albums. The second and third parts are both sung by Craig Mabbitt. The third part, while it was rumored to be about Halo, just like "The Guillotine Part II", its actually about Craig's father who was in the miltary when Craig was a child.
This album is well worth your money, including the Hot Topic exclusive, deluxe edition, featuring two bonus tracks. Great job indeed, Escape The Fate.
When I first heard , "Massacre", which was leaked on the internet long before the first single, "Issues" was released, I thought I was going to hate the album. I hated "Massacre" the first time I heard it, I thought it was too hardcore, and I
didn't like the screaming. When I heard "Issues" however, my mind changed. By the time the album was out, I was hooked. First impressions are not always
Avril Lavgine's fourth studio album has such passion and emotion to it. Backed
with mostly acoustic instrumentals, such as piano and acoustic guitar, her
lyrics open a window into her soul. If you listen to the entire album, you can
gather some of what was going through her head. Goodbye Lullaby was
written over a time span of several years, and through her divorce with her now
ex-husband. You can tell that there were times when she missed her husband,
Deryck Whibley, times where she was happy about the times they had shared, and the times where she just anted to live life.
Songs of happiness, longing, heartbreak, and love are strew across the album. "Push", "Darlin'", and "I Love You", show just how much you can truely love someone, even if they aren't always happy. "Darlin'" is the oldest track on the album, which was written back when Avril was only fifteen years old. Its about someone you love who's upset. You want to help, but there's nothing you can do. So you just love them the best you can, hoping it'll make a difference.
My personal favorite, however, has to be the fourth track on the album, "Wish You Were Here." It is all about the memories of someone, wishing they were there even though things have changed between you two. Listening to this album, I found myself feeling as though she wrote the album about my personal feelings. Espeically on, "Wish You Were Here" and "Darlin'". I found myself in tears more than once listening to this album. The emotions that were poured into this album are very real, and everyone feels it sometimes.
Avril even says so herself in, "Everybody Hurts". You can tell she was trying to tell herself, and everyone else that its ok to feel your emotions. You're not the only one who's felt that way before, and because of their you're not alone. "Everybody hurts some days. Its ok to be afraid."
Of course, the
album isn't all damper, a few tracks on the album are really just about cutting
loose and having fun. "What The Hell", the first hit single on the ablum, shows
this very well. "Smile", also shows that you can be happy for what you had, even
if you're not happy that its gone.
This is, hands down, Avril's best album. Quite possibly the best album of 2011,
even. I for one, can not wait to hear what Avril will bring us in the future.
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