Someone forgot to tell Crash Karma the '90s are over

Crash Karma
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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Jess
I completely disagree!! I think it's a great album
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Derek
What a shit review. How about actually talking about the music instead of trying to stay relevant with trendy quips about fashion?

Anyways, I'll take the sounds of the 90's any day over the tuneless, over reveberated shit coming out of the hipster scene or the over produced auto-tune tripe pouring out of every other radio station in the world.

Decent album - good hooks, innovative guitar overlays. Great drumming from Burrows as well. Better than 95% of the crap on the major airwaves.
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Kinkster
There are no grunge kids out of their 30s. If it sounds like the 90s, awesome, because they pioneered the sound of 90s Canadian music. Shoulda got someone 30 years old to review it.
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Paralegalist
Only a "critic" too sarcastic for their own good would denounce "teen angst" and "dated" 40-year-olds in the same "review".
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Smashalot
Go listen to Simple Plan and FallOut Boy. The 90's ruled for a reason, these guys. And what the hell does fashion have anything to do with music?
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Fnord
You are obviously trolling and are probably wrote this between pressing F5 with /b/ loaded in your browser.

I have listened through the release and think it is great change from the crap that has been released in the last few years (if I were to generalize). The rhythm section of this band is amazing but I am sure you couldn't hear that in your headphones as they are akin to only reproducing mid and high range or maybe you didn't really listen to it at all.

We'll you can have your rehashed 80's, techno, lo-fi, mashup garbage and I'll take Crash Karma. Thanks.
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Matts
"Unfortunately, that audience is made up of former grunge kids now in their 40s and 50s"

Lol.

Kristi Alexandra isn't too bright, is she?
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Terry
this album sucks; the songs are weak and forgettable. all of you give it up already and get over Big Shiny Tunes, jeesh.
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Levitator
Since when were IME or OLP considered to be "grunge"?
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starjumper
us "grunge kids" of the 90's are in our late 20's and early 30's right now. sounds like a primary market share to me! if it gets the airwaves away from rapping and other like garbage, it's great in my books! besides all of that, edwin & jeff burrows? how could that not be dreamy? long live the 90's!
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Rich
You spent more time on trying to think of bashful one-liners than you did actually writing a 'musical' review. You can be negative, but at least make it intuitive. God forbid rock stars of our past that WE all loved continue to make music and enjoy what they do... instead they can't catch a break because the only thing you'd like to discuss is their age. How many millions of albums have you sold?
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Laurie
I think Kristi has a right to her own opinions like everyone else, but seriously how about listening instead of worrying about what they look like. These are some very talented musicians that have come together. I say let's support our home grown talent, and quit bashing them. No Kristi, it's not techno, sorry, not all of us listen to that sh*t nowadays, and who cares who listens/reads your article, as long as someone is....right Kristi?! Crash Karma is new, fresh, and exciting to hear, and I can't wait until I see them live!!!
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AngryDalty

Dear Jesus, I'm just a quasi-crappy blogger and I've got better writing skills than this tool.

So, what's she going to say next "AC/DC sucks and should have given it up in 1980."

Sounds like me this tweeb is probably early-twenties and remembers grunge as something that was on the go when she was in elementary school.

FANTASTIC Canadian album. As far as I'm concerned OLP went completely downhill after Mike Turner left the band. IME did well with Brian Byrne and had great energy, but I think there was another member of that band that was the downfall of them.

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Mark4444
I am 26. not in my 40s or 50s....Kristi do some math on potential ages of grunge kids
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BD
Is this critic 13? She talks like it. What do you listen to, Kristi? Justin Bieber (or however you spell it)?
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The Hero
Wait, I'm 28, you mean because I'm not 40 or 50 I can't like grunge music? So, I'd like to know what the author thinks is "good" music. Simple Plan? Hedley? Hinder? Come on now.
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Williamsburg Hipster
Newsflash...we're all listening to grunge music in Brooklyn. It's the new plaid shirt. PBR goes down well with this music. Reviewers in tertiary markets are always 3 seasons behind.
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al
YOU KNOW NOTHING LITTLE GIRL. GO HIDE BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER AND B BAD ALL YOU WANT, YOUR OPINION IS WORTH SHIT. WHAT HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANYWAY? TERRY THE FAIRY, SHUT YOUR YAP YOU GOOF!
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English Failure
Does this sentence make sense? How did it make it past the copy editor? Should "sounds" be "sound"?

"To Crash Karma’s credit, if this album is any indication of what the band is always going to sounds like, it makes Canada look better than Nickelback does."
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bear00
What a lame review. I am 25, not 40. If you think this album sucks, then you must be the biggest Britney Spears fan, or maybe Backstreet Boys?
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