Crashdiët - 2009 - Generation Wild
3. So Alive
4. Generation Wild
6. Save Her
7. Down With The Dust
8. Native Nature
10. Bound To Fall
11. Beautiful Pain
Crashdiet certainly knows how to find a way to avoid that second-album-fear, returning with Simon Cruz on vocals, who came on board after Olli was dismissed.
Easing his entry into the cd, "422" sets the cd off instrumentally, to be immediately followed by "Armageddon", where we first get to hear what the new guy is all about.
It's immediately apparent that Simon sounds more vocally trained and more in control of his voice, both in the lay-low verses as in the balls-out choruses.
His regular voice can be compared to Dave's, with a little less grit but a lot more stability, while his screams outlast and overpower Olli's.
Seems like a good choice, let's see what else this disc is all about.
"So Alive" returns to what we know Crashdiët is great at: tension build-up that explodes into an energetic yet melodic chorus. Classic song structures, nothing fancy, but it works...
They continue with some more great rockers until "Save Her" comes along. Another standard in any Crashdiët album: the power ballad.
This proves why Simon was the best choice: he displays all the skills he has, telling about a girl-gone-wrong and doing so with a great eye for emotional detail in his voice.
Up to this point, everything sounds like it's headed in the right direction for another hit album. After "Save Her" breaks it all in half, it's back to the rockin' stuff again.
We get some more typical Crashdiët stuff, mixed with some shout-outs to their heroes: a Cinderella-style intro, the very 80s-Hollywood-sounding "Chemical", and so many more obvious and less obvious references to the hairpsray heydays.
"Bound To Fall" and "Beautiful Pain" close off at just the right time to keep the entire record interesting enough, and that marks another succesful Crashdiët effort. Now let's get them on stage here again!