Crash Karma (E1)
Someone needs to tell the members of “supergroup” Crash Karma that frosted tips on a 40-year-old man look about as cool as a tight-and-bright onesie on your grandmother. And that whole brooding look with optional aviator glasses? That is so 2001. So it’s fitting that the former wonder-boys of the ’90s rock sound a little dated in this collaboration that includes ex-members of I Mother Earth, Our Lady Peace, the Tea Party, and Zygote.
Hitting the streets this week, Crash Karma sounds like it should have come out in 1996. The kickoff track, “Like a Wave” sounds like it’s been hiding in a bomb shelter since the Stone Temple Pilots debuted on The Fox, and the rest of the album follows with equal mediocrity. “Fight,” the fifth track, has all the triumphant distortion it takes to be part of a bad sports movie’s soundtrack and lines like “Man I used to be” scream of the trite, clichéd lyricism of teen angst. Maybe that’s the exact thing they’re going for.
Well, with all the CanCon fame behind Crash Karma, there’s got to be an audience for this kind of stuff. Unfortunately, that audience is made up of former grunge kids now in their 40s and 50s, and the only place they’re going to discover new music is on The Peak.
To Crash Karma’s credit, if this album is any indication of what the band is always going to sound like, it makes Canada look better than Nickelback does. Let’s just hope they stop taking their beauty tips from Chace Crawford.
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