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Review – Diffuser "Sincerely, Wasting Away" (2008) August 26, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in 2008, Diffuser.
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Written by Jake

A band like Diffuser only comes around once in a blue moon. I say this purely because one cannot place what they sound like. I like to think it’s a mutation of All-American Rejects with a dash of Fall Out Boy and a small hint of post-punk grunge. Weird, right?

This is not to say Diffuser isn’t talented, far from it actually. Their sound simply isn’t quite refined yet, which is ironic considering they’ve been through more lineup changes and band drama than I’ve seen since Nine Inch Nails and Motley Crüe, and this is only their debut album.

Sincerely opens up with a strange little ditty entitled “Shallow”. It seems to not belong here…or on the entire album, for that matter. It would probably serve its purpose better as a B-Side or a bonus track on a single release. Other than that, nothing to impressive for the first offerings.

“This Is Perfection”, as opposed to “Shallow”, is where the good stuff starts taking hold. An upbeat, optimistic and slightly egotistical proclamation, “Perfection” gets you going as the band shows off their ability to sound like an AAR cover band trying to “keep their own sound, man”.

As I’m sure I’ve made my point by now that Diffuser can’t seem to find their own sound (let alone keep it, man), it should come as no surprise that the verses of Free sound like a more melodic She Wants Revenge, and the choruses sound like FOB.

The stand out song, “Caught In A Dull Moment” is preceded by a fun piece of art entitled “1-2-3-4 Dracula!” Having said that, hit the next button and listen to “Caught…”. You’ll thank me later. “Dracula” seems more like a filler song than anything, simply depriving you of awesome longer than needed.

The rest of the album is, sadly, fairly uneventful. More upbeat songs like, “Lift” and the album’s closer, “Redefined” grow tiresome very quickly, and the interspersing of “In My Life Again” (easily labeled as something Saving Abel could have written) and “All Is Said And Done” (a blatant Trapt B-Side) don’t help matters very much at all.

The final standout track on this epoch is almost certainly Falling Down. As one of the heavier songs on the album, I’ll admit I might be predisposed to enjoy this one. Plus, it sounds a lot like Breaking Benjamin. Which is totally, hella fucking balls-to-the-wall awesome.

The Point – Diffuser has got some oomph, and they are certainly talented musicians, but their failure to pick a specific genre of music to stick with docks them significantly. Also, I find it a little too easy to compare almost all of the songs on ‘Sincerely, Wasting Away’ with another band or group. A good debut, but it certainly could have been much better.

7 out of 10

Download This – “Caught In A Dull Moment”

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1. bruddog - February 24, 2009

Debut? They came out with two albums before this one. Injury Loves Melody blows this one out of the water


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