""Lusitania", Fairweather's new cd will not disappoint their fans or the casual listener. It is by far the bands most sophisticated work to date blending styles such as punk, hardcore and alternative rock to create a very defined sound. The entire album seems to follow a theme which closely ties all of the songs, giving the listener a complete listening experience. The album starts off with a industrial-like, futuristic muffled intro. "Lusitania", also the second track on the release, gives off a more tranquil feeling with its breakdown but then re-engerizes itself with its strong and powerful. "Letter of Intent" is the perfect mix of rock and pop. It is one of the more upbeat songs on the cd and seems to have everything it takes to be a big radio hit. "The treachery of Images" is my personal favorite on the album. There's just something about the way Jay sings "this repeated line" that just you shiver in excitement. It's simply a very well composed song, especially with the melodic guitar and vocal mix towards the end of it. "...Hunter" is probably the slowest song on the cd but one of the more beautiful songs because of the great guitar work and soft vocals. The 6th and 7th tracks speed the cd up a tad and "Slow to Standing" just brings the entire album to life again and a fine example of how Fairweather's EP was a perfect preview for this cd. "1195" escapes the cd without a single word spoken or sung. It is just consistant, slow rhythm that takes you from the beginning of the song to the end of it. The robotic type theme re-enters towards the end of track nine and through the beginning of track 10 on guitars along with a strong drumroll. A short rest and then the tenth track, "Concrete Atlas" explodes with hardness. "Burn Bridges Keep Warm" is a good melodic hardcore song with an enjoyable sing-along chorus. "Alaska", previously released on Fairweather's EP entitled "Alaska" is the hardest song on the CD and more experimental then the other songs are but it seems like they got it all figured out because this song doesn't disappoint. Just an amazing song. "The Culling Song" closes out the cd nicely capturing the rest of the album and having its own identity, ending the song after just about 10 minutes with just a light guitar. I believe this cd captures all that is this band. They are an intelligent group of musicians who know what a song should sound like. After listening to "Lusitania", it extraordinarily difficult to say that there was any disappointment in it. It seems like everything that was supposed to be there, was. Its simply intelligent, original and beautiful music. The whole cd is full of dynamic, artistic music which captures the reality of life in its lyrics and the emotion in its music. It is truly a very good album. Can't wait to hear the next one."
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