Lower Definition – The Greatest of All Lost Arts

Band: Lower Definition
Album: The Greatest of All Lost Arts
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Ferret

1. To Satellite
2. The Ocean, The Beast
3. Miami Nights
4. The Choreographer
5. Versus Versace
6. Pueblo Cicada
7. His Silent Film
8. The Ventriloquist
9. If We Speak Quietly
10. The Weathermen
11. Namaskar

Lower Definition is an up and coming post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. The recently released their new album The Greatest of All Lost Arts and I must say, it is an alright debut. These guys have a lot of potential and they show it on this cd…somewhat.

The band has a strong front man who is a really good singer, their guitarist can play impressively as well and the drummer holds it all together [though nothing phenomenal, the bass work is alright as well]. When these elements are combine, we find an album full of diversity and that was refreshing to say the least.

One thing that I really didn’t like about The Greatest of All Lost Arts was that while this band is talented and there is a lot of variety on the album, it almost seemed like some of the songs went on and on. Even though the longest song on here was less then five minutes in length, a lot of them really seemed to drag themselves out. Along with this, the album is decent and all but it really lacks a hit. There really isn’t a single track on this album that really stands out from the rest. Not to say that’s bad completely, as I said, the songs on here are decent, but nothing goes out and beyond and is really all that original.

One positive aspect that I did enjoy about the band was the composition of breakdowns. They were well placed and timed as to not lag on or be too short. This is an album with a lot of down time, but when things got heavy, they got really heavy.

If I did have to choose my favorite song on this album, it would have to be “The Ocean, The Beast.” This song isn’t exactly that much more outstanding than any other song on this album, but it was put together really well, and it kept my interest. This is most likely because the song has a lot of energy and just pulls you in faster than other tracks on the record.

Now I really didn’t think this album was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it is a little bit above par. It displayed a band that has all the right elements to be successful, but they just don’t have all the kinks worked out. As a result, the album comes off a bit muted in terms of intensity and makes it difficult to decipher them from a lot of other acts out there. However, given some work, they could definitely be on to something.

*Written By: Danny Weiss*
GRADE: 5.5/10

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