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Drop the Fear - (self titled) CD Review
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Last edited: Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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...perhaps this is a testament to Drop the Fear’s musicianship, these highly recognizable influences do not mask or replace their own very unique signature sound.


Personified, Drop the Fear’s sound is a bittersweet batch of self-realization who peeks cautiously around the corners of insecurity and beckons with a solitary finger to us the repressed and the frightened to join the masses of the unabashed. The songs seduce, urge, and prod until you can’t help but let go of your fears and fall deep into their safe and warm embrace to find yourself lost in the electro/shoegazer/trip-hop that forms the foundation of their self-titled debut album, Drop the Fear.

From the very first note of the first song, "Nevermind", we can hear the influences of King Black Acid, Death in Vegas, Radiohead, Massive Attack, and The Cocteau Twins. Strangely, and perhaps this is a testament to Drop the Fear’s musicianship, these highly recognizable influences do not mask or replace their own very unique signature sound. Make no mistake about it, a Drop the Fear track would be instantly recognizable on any radio station. Production is superb. The song arrangements are stark, but fully realized, exploring every avenue of a groove without crowding out the core. The mastering effort by Grammy Award Winning Matt Sandoski deserves to be rewarded with another Grammy.

Drop the Fear is comprised of Sarah Marcogliese, Ryan Policky, and Gabriel Ratliff. The lead vocals are performed most often by Sarah or Ryan, whose voices whether in unison or separate often become a cross-section of Bjork, Dido, and Diane Micallef. Their lines are delivered silky smooth, like a bead of honey that stretches away slowly in search of freedom from the sticky honeycomb of anxiety.

Strongest songs include "Nevermind", "Standing Still", "Sloan", and "Hot Upstairs".

Drop the Fear official site: http://www.dropthefear.com



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