"Clear" (RCA; 2002)

Reviewed by Rose Grech


Slow, mysterious and seducing vocals start with the song, "The Other One," followed by chorus screams and loud guitars. It raises expectations that The Color Red's sophomore album, "Clear," will rock and be unique. Unfortunately, that expectation dies fast; the album gets a little watered down and becomes disappointing. The second song seems like there's too much going on and nothing is clear (despite the CD's title). Other songs try to posses an overall mellower tone and many songs seem to share the same unattractive element of whining/yearning screams.

The lyrics themselves are very short but are repeated throughout the same song to a degree that would annoy anyone. They also get a bit cheesy, along with the vocals. At first the vocals are comparable to the Deftones and then turn into something completely different. In general, they sound slightly like the Foo Fighters and can be categorized as modern alternative/light rock. 

The masses may enjoy The Color Red's style and it is radio-friendly meaning more airplay might give them an audience.

The Color Red formed in 1994 in California and has a new drummer on this album. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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