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Albatross
The Classic Crime
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Reviewed: 5/29/2006 by Mike


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Formerly known as Orizon until another band in Liverpool United Kingdom was found to have the same name, The Classic Crime has released an outstanding debut album. 2004’s ‘Break Your Halo’ e.p really gives no clue as to how good ‘Albatross’ would be despite several songs being re-recorded for inclusion. Whilst the recent Tooth and Nail debut by The Fold was only half a decent album and appeared to be two entirely different eras of the band glued together with a noticeable join, ‘Albatross’ is the real deal. Far more consistent and carried along by the outstanding vocals of Matt Macdonald, there is real flair and true musicianship on display. Combining the progressive panache of ‘Love’ era Juliana Theory with the more commercial forays of Acceptance and even Anberlin, songs like the made for radio ‘The Coldest Heart’ or the superb ‘I Know the Feeling’ with its dual tracked vocals have a comfortable unforced class. In tandem with the Lost Prophets tinged oldie ‘Blisters and Coffee’, the heavy flair of ‘The Poet’ and any of the remaining tracks on offer, Albatross soars gracefully making it one of the true standout albums to come from the Tooth and Nail stable.

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