Beyond The Now: You Asked For It
Beyond The Now
Subject to Change
It's hard to believe, but tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Woodstock 1999 . Though organizers have done everything they can to protect the Woodstock brand since, distancing themselves from the fiery debacle in Rome, New York, if you ask me the event was a smashing success, as it really did accomplish the ambitious goal of defining a generation. Like it's two predecessors -- the hippie fest of '69 and the grunge showcase of '94 -- the '99 installment captured the zeitgeist of American pop music, as ugly as that zeitgeist was.
Starting off with a few cheesy electronic blips before a crush of guitars sets the tone, "Giving In" has the sort of standard low-slug post-grunge verse-chorus-verse structure that'd have Kurt Cobain rolling over in his grave (if he had a grave). The electronic frills and a single Linkin Park-style melodic howl about 2:45 in are the only things that suggest the song isn't at least 10 years old.
"Alone," the second song, starts off with a fantastic guitar riff that sounds a lot like something James Iha would have played in his prime but, unfortunately things slip downhill fast. Not so downhill that I couldn't imagine The Edge playing the song though -- especially since they're no longer interested in pushing such "edgy" "new" bands as Kings of Leon and The Killers. It's a catchy song -- at least as good as anything Staind (which it really reminds me of) has done since Break The Cycle.
"Cypress" continues the impressive guitar work -- the two guitarists, both named David, are the real strength of this band -- pairing a crunchy head-banger of a riff with some top-fret meandering that generates a nice effect.
All in all, Subject To Change is a polished effort that shows Beyond The Now is very good at what they do. What they do, however, really shouldn't be done anymore.
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