I like this band because they do not feel content with rehashing the same general sound over and over. Each track is a tabula rasa, a fresh canvas, something new for them to write on. And unlike many of the bands who embrace a number of styles, Gatsbyâ€™s American Dream actually pulls them off. â€œA Manifesto of Tangible Wealthâ€, with an organ/keyboard not unlike that of â€œHouse of a Rising Sunâ€ or at times, any Rush sound, actually has a larger relevance with the two vocals telling the downfalls of consumerist society. â€œSnicker at the Swineâ€ has the perfect At the Drive-In style guitars to match up with the equally intelligent commentary on capitalism. â€œApparitionâ€ is the first stop at the typical emo-lyric trough with words about broken homes and loveâ€™s losses. Again showing off their admiration for 70â€™s rock gods, Gatsbyâ€™s American Dream seemlessly fuses the opening to â€œDonâ€™t Fear the Reaperâ€ to traditional post-hardcore emo (with Saves the Day-style lyrics at this go). What started out as such a ground-breaking album starts missing some cylinders by the end of the disc, again going to the same watering hole of popular emo music. By the last track, â€œCounterfeit Languageâ€, Gatsbyâ€™s American Dream has went from all-genre powerhouse into just using blips of different styles to try to refresh the music (which is now purely being lead by the golden vocals of GADâ€™s singer, music that would be simply be lost in the seas of other bands that do this same schtick.
Top Track : A Manifesto of Tangible Wealth.
Rating : 5.8/10
Gatsbyâ€™s American Dream â€“ Ribbons & Sugar / 2003 / Rocketstar Recordings / 11 Tracks / http://www.gatsbyamericandream.com / http://www.rocketstar.com /