From Zero

My So-Called Life

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From the cover art to the back photograph, not to mention the title, it's pretty obvious as to what you're getting with My So-Called Life, the second album from nĂ¼-metal Chicagoans From Zero. Bland melodies wrapped around "no one understands me" and "I'm trying, man" lyrics, Eminem-sounding raps about how "you and me, girl, we may not get along sometimes," and that classic alt-metal melody-heavy riff-melody macho posturing abound here. The lyrics are maudlin, the riffs tired, the production so clean it lacks any sort of spontaneity or grit. The only saving grace is that singer Jett can do a pretty good James Hetfield when he wants. While there are quite a few fans of the genre still out there, they can do themselves a favor and stick to the bands that started this stuff (Korn) or the bands that are trying new directions (System of a Down), but truth be told, this is just more of the same from a style that has very obviously run its course. And there's nothing here that's going to shake things up and make the metal world take notice. However, it must be said that it's about time that some metal band covered Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore," which is the best track on this record.

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