On Disc - Army Of Anyone

Album: Army Of Anyone

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Army Of Anyone by Army Of Anyone

Army Of Anyone
Army Of Anyone
Firm Music

3 stars

Rock’s latest super group, Army Of Anyone, fuses together Filter’s lead singer Richard Patrick and The Stone Temple Pilots’ guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo. Its self-titled debut is proof these guys are songwriting veterans.

With rough vocals, complex drum fills, and long guitar solos, the songs are edgy but catchy enough to warrant heavy rotation on radio stations. The band’s first single, “Goodbye,” exemplifies its rough-but-radio-friendly rock.

The vocals are considerably more polished than much of Filter’s music (except perhaps “Take a Picture”), and instrumentally the album is a happy medium between the two bands’ sounds. The collaboration’s diversity is showcased in rock ballads like “Stop Look and Listen” and “This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen.”

Although the album is extremely strong musically, the lyrics lack depth and direction. When the lyrics aren’t vague, they’re disturbing. “Goodbye” is a good example: “Don’t really care if you leave/ Just wanna see you beaten.”

Lyrics aside, the album is a musical success; Filter and STP fans should definitely check it out.

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