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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Chevelle -- This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)

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6/10

Chevelle return with their third album, This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In). This Type of Thinking follows Chevelle's breakout album, Wonder What's Next, which established Chevelle's auditory identity, and elevated them to top of the national stage.
This Type of Thinking kicks off with a classic Chevelle song, "The Clincher," and continues in that vein. Unfortunately, while the band's hard-rock, mid-tempo sound is clearly forged, there are no true diversions from it until, much like Wonder What's Next, the final, acoustic track.  While this means that any random track is a chugging good time, ten of these songs in a row gets to be tedious.
It is admirable for a band to know exactly what they are made of, but it would have been nice if Chevelle had tried re-arranging This Type of Thinking's blocks from time to time.
Jeez, I hate when people reduce bands to metaphors.  Chevelle aren't kids with blocks.  They are grown men in a rock band.  Anyway, I wish they would have mixed it up a bit more--tried putting a little more air into the songs, singing different types of melodies, playing different guitar or drum patterns.  I like every song on This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), I just don't like them all together.
Clincher by Chevelle on Grooveshark

2004 Epic
1. The Clincher 3:43
2. Get Some 4:27
3. Vitamin R (Leading Us Along) 3:43
4. Still Running 3:43
5. Breach Birth 4:03
6. Panic Prone 3:50
7. Another Know It All 4:20
8. Tug-O-War 4:32
9. To Return 3:42
10. Emotional Drought 5:24
11. Bend the Bracket 5:05

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