Deep Elm Twenty Year Retrospective

3AM Eternal: Desert City Soundtrack Contents Of Distraction (2003)

At the time, I said this:

<I>Now this is different! Desert City Soundtrack could be accused of making pretty standard emo-rock, but they’ve decided to up the ante by adding a piano, and in so doing, have created a sound all their own. Everything you’ve come to know and loathe about Emo is here–the screamed vocals, the loud stop/starts, the traditional chord changes–but this little instrumental addition makes all the difference in the world. Maybe it’s because a piano is a classy instrument–but methinks it’s more because a piano adds depth to the standard guitar/bass/drum setup. Whatever the case may be, it certainly works, and it saves Contents of Distraction¬†from falling into the genre-trap that emo has created.</I>

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