Vains Of Jenna - 2009 - The Art Of Telling Lies
It took the boys 3 years after Lit Up/Let Down to produce The Art Of Telling Lies. Their line-up remained the same for these recording sessions.
1. Everybody Loves You When You're Dead
2. Mind Pollution
4. I Belong To Yesterday
5. Paper Heart
6. Get It On
7. Enemy In Me
8. Better Off Alone
9. I Don't Care
10. The Art Of Telling Lies
It does appear that a few lessons were learned in the time between their debut and sophomore album:
The Art Of Telling Lies kicks off with Everybody Loves You When You're Dead, showing the influence of the L.A. streets in a great opener.
Following up with nothing but kick-ass songs, the missing next step I mentioned before was definitely taken, and then some...
Mind Pollution proves, to me at least, that the glam revival across the ocean is not necessarily a bad thing to pick up on.
Energy bursts in the verses, anticlimaxing just to build up again, shout-along choruses and angrier playing styles remind of Papa Roach's new style as well as Mötley's reunion work.
This is surely not a band for technique-lovers, but will please anyone who picks up on a flowing groove. This probably leaves a lot of Scandinavian fans wondering, but works perfectly for me.
When recapping the entirety of the disc, you have an improved band and sound with a long road in front of them (and plenty of doors to kick in).
What keeps me from just upping the score from 7 to 8, is Enemy In Me. Every album needs a hit single, and this is the one for sure.
It's not an ear-catcher per se, but when you have a second (and third, and fourth) listen, this songs grows on you for oh so many reasons: the signature lick, the dirtiest vocals heard so far, the tension, ...
I don't feel too comfortable placing them on a higher level than the likes of Crashdiet, but the latter have a few years on Vains Of Jenna so I'm not going to mind that.
8.5/10, not an easy listener but deserving some extra attention nonetheless. To all fans that love bands with "that certain something special", go for it!
Last Updated (Sunday, 22 August 2010 11:51)