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01 October 2003

The Beautiful Mistake, Light a Match, For I Deserve to Burn (The Militia Group)
I know the Beautiful Mistake are talented. I know they're skilled. I know they're musically adept. I know they're catchy. But I just can't dig beneath the thick layer of melodramatic emo song structures, dynamics, and vocals that coats Light a Match, For I Deserve to Burn. The album's tracks lull melodically and scream methodically as the band exploits the done to death loud/soft dynamic that every emo band from here to Mars utilizes. Acoustics often kick in -- on such tracks as "Circular Paradise" -- only to be thrown to the back of the mix as screams enter, electric guitars plug in, and drums begin to pound. You know exactly what it sounds like and have heard it dozens of times prior. And that's exactly the problem -- no matter how musically skilled the Beautiful Mistake are, it becomes fully eclipsed by the fact that this style is now just fucking sickening to hear. Please, please, please make it stop.
      — Ryan Potts

.: posted by Editor 1:32 PM