"Newton's Cradle" (Self-released; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

4th Floor's Newton's Cradle is a solid emo/screamo album. It's very well-produced and -performed. The songwriting may be pretty standard -- the songs all seem to sound the same -- but there's not much you can do about that in this genre.

Still, despite the fact there's nothing new or unique here, "Newton's Cradle" is listenable throughout. That alone sets it apart from other genre acts. And, just when you've given up hope that nothing here will be even a little bit different, along comes the 12th track, "Sleazy," which sounds just like it's title implies: featuring horns that have a sexy, sultry appeal that I wish the entire album had strived for. And it doesn't stop there: the last three songs are easily the best and most unique songs on the CD, making you want to go back and hear the entire thing again.

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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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