Songs to Burn Your Bridges By
- Tuesday, June 01, 2004
- The Spy Hunter
- A Shadow on Me
- Safe Haven
- Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy…
- Breakdown in 3/4
- The Great Golden Gate Disaster
- Breakneck Speed
- Sioux Lane Spirits
- 3 Card
- A Fruitless End Ever
- A Text Message to the So-Called Emperor
It's impractical to review Project 86's latest album, the ominous
Though the foursome has never been ministry-minded—they'll play Christian festivals, for example, but not churches, as they don't feel called to do that—their commitment with Atlantic required them to give precedence to their newfound mainstream audience. During the process, the lines of communication between P86 and Tooth & Nail started to blur, and a growing chasm ultimately led Atlantic to completely buy out their T&N contract. But when P86 didn't produce any marketable singles, Atlantic dropped them, leaving them out to dry after offering them the moon.
During this period, Project 86 dreamed up
Thematically, the album feels like a lyrical exploration of the ordeals the band has faced. The swaying "Breakdown in 3/4," for instance, reads both like a wake-up call for the band and a sarcastic thank-you letter to Atlantic, which, coincidentally, is in financial turmoil: "I guess that I should thank you for freeing me from my naiveté/Sleep softly knowing that we're through/The spotlight has turned its favor from us and now it's upon you/You were so right to write me off/We took to heart everything you said." "The Great Golden Gate Disaster," in keeping with the album's title, shares similar ideas, this time noting that the health of the soul is more important than human recognition: "Can I say that you were ever a friend to me?/…The contract on my head isn't worth the paper, isn't worth the pen, isn't worth the plastic promise when the units aren't moving/But we know our hearts are beyond prices."
While generally more upbeat than 2002's bleak
There's an assortment of nuances that truly amaze, like the Tom Morello-channeling guitar breakdown in "The Great Golden Gate Disaster," the rhythmic avalanche in "Oblivion," the
Were it not for these misgivings, Project 86 could very easily have the album of their career in
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