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The Color Fred - Bend To Break

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The Color Fred - Bend To Break
Label: Equal Vision Records
Release: October 30th, 2007

First off, I just have to say congratulations to the next guitarist of Taking Back Sunday. When you leave the band, or the band breaks up, whatever project your involved in will turn to gold. This may not be completely true, but after the successes of John Nolan (or what I would call success despite them being dropped), and based on the future success of Fred Mascherino, he will skyrocket as well. Which brings me to the debut record of Frederick Paul Mascherino, and his backup band, known completely as The Color Fred.

So let's tell a hypothetical story of you rushing to the store the day Bend To Break comes out and picking up the 80% post-consumer waste recycled paper record made partially of paperfoam. You see Fred staring back at you earnestly saying "buy me, buy me". You digress, and 5 minutes later you're in your car driving home from the Best Buy or FYE location you were just at. You put it in and your first thoughts are, "This is Taking Back Sunday without Adam." That was my first thoughts about this record when I heard the record opener "Get Out". It even featured backing vocals from "friend" PJ Bond (who I must say is a beast live). Next, you hear "If I Surrender" the bands first single, and song they made the video for you may have seen on Fuse or MTV2 and such. By this point, it's known that Fred ain't playing around and he's head serious about this project. Even going as far as telling you "i'll give you so much satisfaction, you'll drown in it", granted he may have been talking about someone else, but not in this case. The third track, "Hate To See You Go" is where I started hear traces of Dashboard Confessional, and if you listen closely, some Breaking Pangaea. After a piano-based track in "It Isn't Me" and soft-toned "Complainer", we hear a minute long, muffled track called "The Tragedy". These three tracks show on it's own how Fred has progressed from his youth to today, as a musician, songwriter, and vocalist. Later on, we get to track 9, my favorite track, "Minnesota". It would've been a great TBS song, and Fred himself said it was a personal favorite. I'm sure you can figure out what it's about, with lyrics like "And as Hemmingway said the sun it also rises/ I only saw it set except those all nighters/ And do you want to stay up, I know where this ends up/ I saw you commin in the front door/ I couldn't tell what you were thinking/ But I would bet on it for damn sure/ We were about to get into it again".

One thing you are going to have to realize, is The Color Fred is not Taking Back Sunday. This record does have a few flaws, it took me a few listens to really get into it. Seeing him live also helps enhance the music and really understand it. Otherwise, I wouldn't be surprised if you thought this record is kind of boring. But give it a chance, and you'll see what I mean. It's a valiant debut effort and this band will be a stable for years to come.

Recommended If You LikeTaking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Bayside, Straylight Run
Track List
1. Get Out
2. If I Surrender
3. Hate To See You Go
4. It Isn't Me
5. Complaintor
6. The Tragedy
7. I Didn't See
8. Empty House
9. Minnesota
10. I'll Never Know
11. Don't Pretend

This review is a user submitted review from Nathan Lint. You can see all of Nathan Lint's submitted reviews here.
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04:37 PM on 12/09/07
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First? I heard "If I Surrender" and thought to myself that it sounded like TBS part 2. Good review though, I'll be sure to check this out!
05:04 PM on 12/09/07
What's left of where we're from?
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Yeah, so far nothing has really stuck out to me about this record. there aren't any bad songs, just the whole record seems a little bland. hopefully it'll grow on me... good review though, gives me incentive to listen to this a little more.
10:12 PM on 12/09/07
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Pretty good review but i can't get into this album. Every time i listen to it i always find myself spinning TBS instead
11:46 PM on 12/09/07
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neat little record.
04:58 AM on 12/10/07
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Nice review. This record isn't the best thing ever, but it's definitely worth a listen. I love Breaking Pangaea and Fred is a super nice guy/great song writer.
06:41 AM on 12/10/07
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Good review andI completley agree it's gonna take at elast 3-4 listens to understand the record completley.
12:33 PM on 12/10/07
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i think this is being a little over-hyped... i haven't heard the whole record, but from what i have heard, its nothing great. Is it just me?
12:34 PM on 12/10/07
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Right on. I knew I liked it right away, but it definately took multiple spins to get its feel. Good, not great, record.
12:46 PM on 12/10/07
is ridiculously busy
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i liked it, it's one of those albums that i'll play in my car on the morning commute.
12:49 PM on 12/10/07
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score is way too high
12:53 PM on 12/10/07
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Nice review...I may pick it up sometime.
01:08 PM on 12/10/07
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I disagree with this a great deal. In my opinion, if Fred were never involved in TBS/BP, this would just be another mediocre album from an average rock band.

I really do like Fred, so I was hoping I would like this but no such luck.
01:08 PM on 12/10/07
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This album is worth the listen
01:20 PM on 12/10/07
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Nothing really mind boggling, but still, the songs are pretty darn catchy. Good job on the review.

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