â€œPrint is Deadâ€ canâ€™t start any better, with â€œInternational Gamers Committeeâ€ bordering between a Blink 182 and Good Charlotte influence, at times taking the mantle so convincingly from the former act that it is hard to discern which band is playing the track. Rickâ€™s vocals are more nasal than Tom DeLongeâ€™s (Blink 182), but are backed by a very solid (if not a little simplistic) set of guitars, as well as a bass line that is as intricate as anything that Matt Freeman could play (Pink Eye). What really pulls Amazing Transparent Man out of the billions of band that both successfully and utterly fail at the Blink/pop-punk style would be their ability to experiment with time signatures and multiple harmonies, coming most into play with â€œSubmissionâ€. Coming back to the wellspring that provides them the most musical fodder, â€œSo When Did Everybody..â€ firmly plants themselves in the pop-punk tradition, with Rickâ€™s vocals coming off like a SR-71 or â€œMan Overboardâ€ feel. The lyrics on this track are so divergent from the upbeat-sounding that it goes to a place that is beyond absurd â€“ example: â€œGod is love, Love is dumb, I am dumb, so I am godâ€.
â€œThe Thought Policeâ€ comes to the plate with all the potential of the rest of â€œPrint is Deadâ€, but falls flat as the band canâ€™t find a hook that properly ensnares the listeners. Even the promise of a crooning chorus and a spicy guitar solo canâ€™t help this track from sinking southward. â€œInto Your Heartâ€ almost reaches at the minds of the listeners, with Rick pushing the lyrics out in a sing-songy way. The lyrics sound fine, but are lacking a back-up set or second set of vocals to continue the sing-songy nature of the track .
Amazing Transparent Man starts â€œPrint is Deadâ€ with some strong tracks, but as the disc spins on, it becomes harder with each passing song to find the next â€œInternational Games Committeeâ€ or â€œSince When Did Everyoneâ€¦â€. While the second half of the CD does not suffer from a lack of motivation, the dice roll just does not come out in the favor of the band. â€œShoveâ€ strives for the high level found on the first half of the CD, and Ryanâ€™s aural sneer actually makes it seem like ey has something invested in the track, instead of just reading lyrics off of a sheet of paper.
Top Tracks: International Gamers Committee, Since When Did Everyone in a Band Become Such A Hair Farmer
Rating : 6.3/10
Amazing Transparent Man â€“ Print is Dead / 2004 Double Zero / 11 Tracks / http://www.a-t-m.com / http://www.doublezerorecords.com /