It is hard to fault any hard rock album for sounding one-dimensional and shallow, but those are the problems that haunt the eponymous debut from Chain Link Faith. The approach is right, the performances make sense, but the lyrics fall into a vagueness that really sinks the album. For example, the catchy "Realize" is their serious attempt , "Years may come and tears they flow/Bitch won't change and that's for f*ckin' sure." This Nikki Sixx-esque poetry works when there's a shock-rock band of ex-junkies being glossed over by expensive producers, but when it's a handful of under-produced rockers, a little more effort might be necessary to stand out from every other hard rock band touring the U.S. bar circuit. There's nothing wrong with the music, but the lyrics are far too generic to allow the listener to feel any connection with the band. Until this aspect is changed, this has little chance of appealing to hard rock fans who don't even buy Poison albums anymore, let alone indie discs.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano