Absolutely Perfect - Live To Be EP
Record Label: Self-Released
Release Date: September 15, 2008
Absolutely Perfect is a quartet from Oswego, Illinois who just released their self-titled, six song EP Live To Be.
How is it?
Bland. While there are plenty of muscular breakdowns and tenacious riffs, there's also an apparent lack of substance. The first two songs "57" and "American Flyer," are their best and everything pretty much tries to mimic them the rest of the way. Their self-described hip-hop drums aren't really brought to life, but credit does go to bassist Tim Day, whose funky and undulating grooves are certainly the standout, most notably on the Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque "American Eyes," and the reggae-ish "Cash Flow," a send-up about gratitude and humility, which proves to be vocalist Randy Assell's finest effort. He has a pleasant voice, that's quite remarkable at times and thankfully is never horrific. The band's biggest problem is trying to sound like everybody else, which even Assell himself is guilty of. It's as if the band is trying to wear their influences on their sleeve, rather than be something truly original.
The biggest examples of this are the horribly amateur "One Mind," which one can argue shouldn't have even been recorded, and the boring and uninspiring "Tiger." All of these barbs are not denying the band's ability. The hard-charging and furious "57" is a good song and marks the start of something powerful, but that power won't be realized until the quartet takes the time to distance themselves from their influences and their own songs. Closing song "Nova" is a sincere, touching power ballad that finds vocalist Randy Assell remarking on death and loss in a way that's been sung about numerous times, but still manages to come across as sincere and bittersweet. But, Absolutely Perfect won't make a splash if they don't allow songs like "Nova" to come to life. Five straight tracks of analogous material will put just about anyone to sleep, no matter how loud or great it might be.