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Not shabby, but it's no Vegas.
on April 1, 2002
Like many fans of CM, I nearly wore out my copy of Vegas waiting for this album to released. Once it was, I found myself a bit disappointed because it didn't capture the magic that Vegas had. I don't want them to just re-hash that formula for all eternity, but it almost seems like that's the route they took. Some of the production tricks are straight out of Vegas and they don't seem to have really pushed themselves to create some new magic.
PHD and Name Of The Game are good Crystal Method tracks and many of the others are listenable as well. The low point, in my opinion, is Murder which features Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots) on vocals. I like Scott Weiland and I like Crystal Method, so I fully expected this track to be a favorite. Then I listened to it... ugh. Too repetitive and the vocals just don't let Weiland do what he does best -- intimate vocals with lyrics that have several layers of meaning.
If someone told you to check out Crystal Method, don't start with this one... go directly to Vegas. But if you liked Vegas and want to see where they went from there, this one's not bad. There's certainly a lot worse out there on the scene.