Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Album You Missed: Forget What You Know

(The Album You Missed is a recurring feature which describes a great album from the past that well, you might have missed and should probably go out and listen to. Seriously, just even download it on-line, it will take you 6 minutes.)

Some albums will stick with you forever, push you to explore new, similar sounds, or cause you to rethink what you thought you knew. For me, Forget What You Know did this. Midtown had been around the scene for a good while when this 2004 release came out on Columbia. The release would be the band's first off of Drive-Thru records, and ultimately their last. The New Jersey quartet made one hell of an impact with their third full length though, and it is one you shouldn't miss.

The two part guitar laden harmonies that the band came to be known for stick with them into this disc, but maturity in both voice, production and content was a new asset. From the first full track To Our Savior, you get the gist of the LP. Dark themes about love, family, and friends are the messages found in every line. The second track, Give It Up, will be well known to video game fans as it appeared in Madden 2005 and Burnout 3. The track would also be Midtown's only chart achieving song, reaching #32 on the US Modern Rock list.

Creativity in composition reached new highs for the group with God Is Dead, Nothing Is Ever What It Seems, Manhattan and the closing track So Long As We Keep Our Bodies Numb. The last 15 minutes or so of the album, all on the finale track, are worth every second. Some of the highlight, toe tapping hits on this beauty along with Give It Up are Empty Like The Ocean and Hey Baby, Don't You Know. In the end, there are 14 tracks, and 14 reasons this is one album you just cannot afford to miss.

Score: 5 out of 5 Zechs