crossfade we all bleed

We All Bleed

Eleven Seven Music

2 out of 10

Crossfade came on the radar of most of our consciences in 2005 when their first single ‘Cold’ took over every Active Rock station on the FM dial (and Sirius/XM too). Cold was a catchy Modern Rock tune that earned the South Carolina boys some well deserved attention.

Their second album Falling Away failed to capitalize on the buzz they had created and they were dropped by their major label in 2006.

Five years later Crossfade returns with We All Bleed on Eleven Seven Music.

The story of the last five years of their singer Ed Sloan would make for a great album if it were put into good songs. Way too many noises and processes in the music is a cheap attempt at hiding simply poor songwriting. If you are a live rock band, I want to know how you are going to play all these noises and effects on stage and make it appear you aren’t playing to tape?

Crossfade is not a progressive rock band. And they do not have the chops or songwriting ability to try and pretend to be. If you want the music to be druggy and edgy like you hear in your head as you are battling your personal demons and now trying to capitalize on them on record, let me help you.

Write a good song first. Add the trippy effects AFTER the song is GOOD. Don’t try to make a crap sandwich a shiny crap sandwich. Because it will taste like shit no matter how much you try to polish it. And a turd album will still leave shit in your ears no matter how much you try and put ‘cool’ noises in it.

More power to Ed Sloan for returning from his own personal brink and being able to turn himself around and attempt to continue his dream in music. But while this album may be his most personal and honest one, that sadly does not automatically make it good.

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