While the Kings may be personas non gratas with this particular reviewer, there's an obvious influence from the Tennessee rockers on Static March. That influence encompasses Kings of Leon's past two albums, which would condemn any YAFI album I would normally review. Oddly enough, the KoL influence works really, really well for Static March.
Best Song: Four songs in, Static March really hit their stride with "Can't Hide." The overall tempo of the album is a bit on the slower side, yet "Can't Hide" is a freshly upbeat offering. Nick Jensen's vocals are at their best this time around, with just enough hints of that corny nu-metal, Creed-ish style that became so grossly popular at the advent of the 2000s. What style of singing did was effectively mask the fact that Chad Kroeger or Scott Stapp weren't the most melodic or pitch-perfect singers. Jensen's vocals have a certain melody that allows him to borrow just what he needs that style and then let his vocals stand on their own. The brothers Strmic -- Josh on drums and James on bass -- are also at their best, thanks in part to the song's faster pace.
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