"The Very Air We Breathe" (Victory; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

When "The Very Air We Breathe" starts, you want to give Driver Side Impact a chance to show their stuff. Sure, they almost sound like every other emo band out there, but they also have a style that's just a little different. Maybe, you think as you listen, maybe they'll be different enough.

By the time you're half way through "The Very Air We Breathe" you realize that Driver Side Impact is a little different, but not different enough. The band shows some real energy on this, their debut disc, but -- in order to pull away from the rest of the pack -- they've got to work a little harder to generate a sound even fresher. As it is, this CD is as good as any other of its type out there. The problem is that there are so many out there.

The good news is that if you like bands like Taking Back Sunday and Thursday, you'll no doubt enjoy "The Very Air We Breathe," too.

Driver Side Impact: Teddy Feighan - bass; Branden Langhals - vocals; Jack McGinty - guitar; Mikey Arnold - guitar; Austin Bishop - keyboards and programming; Zach Evans - drums.

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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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