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CD Review: Blindside – The Great Depression

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Undoubtedly the greatest Christian rock band to ever come out of Sweden, Blindside is back with The Great Depression on Wasa Recordings. I first heard Blindside a few years ago on a local radio station. It was either “Caught a Glimpse” or “Sleepwalking” (I can’t remember which) from the band’s major label debut Silence. Specifically, I remember they were loud. And being from the school of “louder is better,” I decided I should probably check them out. Well, it’s three years later and I’m finally getting around to it. I’ve been a little busy!

The Great Depression is really an interesting album. It took me three listens, but I’m really into it now. The band incorporates multiple musical styles, and though they are usually on the harder side, no two songs on this album sound the same. Blindside is a band that sounds as comfortable playing pop-punk as they do playing hardcore. Sure, they have the hardcore thing down pat, but they are also talented songwriters who write catchy tunes like “Ask Me Now,” “Put Back the Stars” and the album’s first single “Fell in Love with the Game.” Blindside also benefits from pop and alt-rock influences in such tracks as “When I Remember,” “This Time” and the fun dance number “My Alibi.”

And though not a theme album, much of the album’s lyrical subject matter comes from vocalist Christian Lindskog’s experiences while visiting South Africa earlier this year. This, as you could probably guess, gives the lyrics a “heavy” feel, which nicely matches the tone of the music throughout the record.

From front to back, The Great Depression is a very strong release. Blindside’s high-energy delivery and substantive songwriting make for an enjoyable listen.

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  • The Theory

    It’s an ok album. I look at Blindside in two sections… there is the stuff before silence and the stuff after silence. The stuff before silence is tons better than anything after… with the possible exception of “about a burning fire.” silence is their worst effort… and The Great Depression is definitely better than that. But not better than their other material.

  • Joe Battista

    They may be in a transition stage. It’s not clear what they want their sound to be at this point. In researching the review, I read that the band did not originally intend to record an album this year, so who knows how that affected the sound. I’m not a huge fan so I can’t really compare old to new. Hopefully, they’ll be able to grow from it.

  • aiko

    I don’t understand why everyone hates the “Silence” cd. I don’t know what was so bad about it. a lot of good songs like “pitiful” “cute boring love” “midnight” “sleepwalking” and “caught a glimpse” came from the Silence cd. but nehoo
    i like this cd. i think that they were experimenting a lot with it cause they have so many different sounds in this cd. one song that i can never get out of my head is “ask me now” and a lot of the other songs are good too. i’m glad that they keep puting out all these cd’s and i hope they do more.

  • jen

    i think Blindside have to be one of the best bands ever. Not just to come from Sweden or just out of all the christian bands, but the greatest yet, out of all the bands. And they are one the greatest live performing bands aswell. The Great Depression CD and awsome. The best one i bought all year. LOVE IT!!

  • Moldi

    “This is a heart attack”, “Yamkela” are great songs, which just knocked my ears of! And so did “caught a glimpse” (very powerfull indeed!), “time will change your heart” (great kick-ass-rock). JUST LUV IT!
    Greez from good old Switzerland