Posted: Mon, 2005-05-23 12:47
It's been years since I've been around here. I used to master and maintain the fan website www.dadzone.dk, but my interest in doing that was staked by "Soft Dogs".
Now I've been awaiting the new album with equal amounts of eagerness and unease.
D-A-D have been on a slippery slope the last many years, so I didn't know what to expect from this new album. The single "Scare Yourself" I have heard quite a few times on DR P3 radio, and it sounded quite well on my lousy clock radio. But in the end I gave it too much credit, as it sounded better on my clock radio than on my stereo.
Now that I can listen through the entire album I am again filled with some satisfaction and some disappointment. Satisfaction the new album isn't as bad as "Soft Dogs", and disappointment that it isn't better than "Everything Glows".
I rate using a scale from 0-10.
10 - Go buy right now
8 - Go buy this month
6 - Go buy when it's cheap
4 - Only buy if you're a collector
0 - Mail bomb the record company
"Scare yourself" has gained a little more rocking feel and some more guitar than previous albums, but it's not much. Sonne is a good drummer, but the drums were never really an important part of D-A-D's music. It's still good to hear something besides slave rhythms. "Scare yourself", as the previous two albums, lack a lot of edge. The sound is polished and the guitars sound mostly like a fluffy bunny. Where many classic D-A-D songs, both old and new, have good sing-along qualities, "Scare yourself" really only has one song like that.
I will give "Scare Yourself" a mark of 6.
For comparison, "Simpatico" got 7, "Everything Glows" got 8, "Soft Dogs" was never rated but probably got a 3.
Well as a final note, if anyone like me prefer to listen to music on mp3 players - then "Scare Yourself" should have its mark downgraded a few steps. IFPI and EMI put CopyControl on the disc.
As I exclusively use mp3-players, this brings the grade down to about "Soft Dogs" level.
(So to get the music to my mp3man, I have to download an illegal copy, rather than making a legal copy for myself).