As another rap/metal hybrid, Nonpoint, by nature, is pretty obnoxious, always striving in every moment on Statement to prove how hardcore they are, and no one has bothered to tell them that people were doing this stuff (and doing it better) 15 years ago. But for what they are, Nonpoint is actually pretty good.
While far from showing a deep sensitivity, Nonpoint’s anger at least has a sense of reality behind it. They’re no Rage Against the Machine, but they thankfully have more on their minds than partying. Even though they break few conventions on Statement, they do show certain fearlessness in songs like “Orgullo” which is sung completely in Spanish.
Lead singer and main lyricist Elias Soriano brings a perspective that goes beyond the usual superficiality of sex-and-violence that seems to populate most of music of this sort. He seemingly understands that screaming is not the same thing as singing, and devotes a good amount of time to doing both. In the moving “Years”, Soriano sings “there’s no other title I can find for us, even if you can’t believe that”, to the woman who’s hurting him, revealing an understanding that Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie” never had. They may not be completely enlightened, but they are at least trying.
Still, Nonpoint sounds mostly interchangeable with most of the other groups in this genre. Their wannabe epic “Double-Stakked” comes complete with obligatory “quiet” section in the middle and long guitar and drum solos. The lack of originality of some of these songs becomes overly tedious. If people can stand to listen to all of Statement in one sitting, they should be admired.
Nonpoint’s Statement contains nothing that is refreshing or even that interesting, but it is still worth hearing out of all the rap/mental that exists out there. It has its flaws and plenty of them, but it’s better than it could’ve been, and that’s always something to be grateful for. Nonpoint may or may not be on a fast track to fame, but if they make it onto MTV, they are more deserving than their genre peers are.
// Notes from the Road
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