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Egypt Central - "White Rabbit" (CD)

Egypt Central - "White Rabbit" CD cover image

"White Rabbit" track listing:

1. Ghost Town
2. White Rabbit
3. Goodnight
4. Kick Ass
5. Change
6. The Drug (Part 1)
7. Down In Flames
8. Enemy Inside (Part 2)
9. Blame
10. Dying To Leave
11. Surrender
12. Backfire

Reviewed by on July 19, 2011

"The songs are rock radio rotation-ready, but most of the soul has been polished right out of them."

The pursuit of perfection goes too far on Egypt Central's "White Rabbit." Glossy and over-produced, the album has an almost mechanical feel to it. The songs are rock radio rotation-ready, but most of the soul has been polished right out of them. It's regrettable, too, because the disc's best moments, such as the partly acoustic "Goodnight" have an almost Foo Fighters feel, with a combination of undeniable heaviness and pop sheen.

John Falls' vocals are the main offender when it comes to being over-produced. Tracks like "Blame" (at least in the verses) and the acoustic "Backfire" show that he's a capable vocalist, so I'm not sure why it seemed necessary to drown him in background vocals. Also, when combined with the over-emphasis on guitar effects, he sounds downright digital on tracks like "White Rabbit," "Down In Flames" and "Surrender."

I will say that the lush approach does work for "Dying To Leave," which also features an interesting guitar line from Jeff James. Also, when the band roughens things up near the end of "The Drug (Part 1)," with some screaming vocals, it does create an interesting contrast in sounds.

Still, this album is simply too slick for its own good. With most the edges polished off, there's little memorable material for a listener to grab onto on Egypt Central's "White Rabbit."

Highs: "Blame," the end of "The Drug (Part 1)

Lows: Over-production mars most tracks, especially in the vocals.

Bottom line: An over-produced radio rock record that has a few interesting moments.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)