The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Origin Vol. 1

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Origin Vol. 1
(Republic/Universal)

I remember hearing of this band a few years ago, and about how they were going to be the next big thing along with the Hives in the rock and roll revival. Since then, the Hives seem to have disappeared and all I know about TSOOL is what I’ve heard from the classic rock stations that my dad listens to. Regardless, I didn’t really have high hopes for this album.

However, the album gets off to a really strong start with “Believe I’ve Found.” It doesn’t sound like their other material, which has a very classic rock sound, but is much poppier, using a nice “do do do” chorus. However, they don’t stick to this style, but rely on much more formulaic classic rock styles for the rest of the album.

The next song, “Transcendental Suicide,” starts with a guitar riff that I think Pete Townsend could probably target in a copyright infringement suit. That, along with some of the worst lyrics I’ve ever heard really don’t add much potential: “And it feels like we know everything/ So, who’s gonna be there to tell us what tomorrow will bring?/ When you can’t change it/ No, you can’t change it/ And love is in the air for a transcendental suicide.” Yeah, okay. Then the song ends with “We’re gonna last forever.” Yeah, good luck with that—whatever transcendental suicide means.

However, my biggest complaint about the album is that almost all of the songs seem like they’re copies of something else, and I feel like I’ve heard all of the songs better somewhere else. Half of the album sounds like it was written by Keith Richards in an attempt to recreate some of his classic songs.

The album’s artworks furthers the sense that nothing is more than a copy. It is filled with old, sepia pictures of Aboriginals, Indians, military soldiers, with the band members’ faces photoshopped onto their bodies. The artwork gives the album more of a kitsch feel than any real value, and I would say that the music leans towards kitsch as well. It so derivative that it seems like they are simply reusing songs by classic rock bands and simply adding new lyrics that aren’t as good as their predecessors. TSOOL seem to be trying to appeal to some nostalgic sense of classic rock, but without adding anything original to it. — Zak Bronson

SCORE: 2 stars