On its self-titled debut, Crash Palace gives a nod to '90s grunge with a 2001 modern rock sensibility. If there was ever a band with the words "radio friendly" stamped on their foreheads, it would be Crash Palace. Most of the 13 selections on the disc are poised for success in terms of gaining modern rock airplay, because this up and coming band has, simply put, a knack for writing good songs. Catchy melodies and hooks, an engaging vocal performance, and just the right amount of musical diversity make Crash Palace's songs fresh and enjoyable listening. Make no mistake, Crash Palace is a signature modern rock band, but its subtle incorporation of grunge, industrial, and even psychedelia gives its music an added edge. In fact, Crash Palace's polished sound is a bit remarkable given that the band is so new. "Whatever Gets You Through" recalls Alice in Chains, particularly in the vocal delivery, but its speedy guitar riffs and power chords keep the song firmly planted in modern rock, with an aggressive edge. Elsewhere, grunge pops up again in the rock ballad "Two Kinds," which resembles old Soundgarden while maintaining a contemporary rock sound. The trippy "Terra Firma" incorporates a surreal tone with woozy guitars, electronic sound effects, and a pulsing mid-tempo rock beat. This is the best song of the bunch, and there's plenty to choose from here. Crash Palace has an unmistakably good sound and a bright future ahead. The band effortlessly combines several past styles into its modern rock format, but without losing direction. What an impressive debut.
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AllMusic Review by Liana Jonas