Drill Team Hope And Dream Explosion

[Reprise; 1998]

Rating:  1.5/5

Styles: rock, alternative rock
Others: Superdrag, Weezer, Radiohead

There is a lot to say about the band Drill Team's freshman effort Hope And Dream Explosion. Unfortunately, most of it is lacking the positive words that a fan of Drill Team (if any) would like to see. The main problem with this album is the lack of creativity and individuality. Every song on the album reminds me of another band and gives me that awful gut feeling that I've heard the chorus before -- not good. Drill Team basically sounds like a band that was hired by corporate executives looking for the perfect blend of Superdrag, Radiohead (The Bends era), and Weezer. Each song is terribly predictable. Drill Team tends to not use their distortion pedals tastefully, they just step on them and leave it at that. The songs are so overproduced that you cannot really feel any ingenuity at all. Even the lyrics are unoriginal. "Peppermint" features the brilliant couplet "Even if you go, it's hard to say good-bye / I will never leave, even if you scream." "Monarch Mine" endlessly repeats the line "I can't say good-bye, can't say good-bye, and you're never coming down." Don't get me wrong, there are positive elements too. Unfortunately, with every positive point to Hope And Dream Explosion, a negative one follows. And the negatives always outweigh the positives.  Drill Team can definitely play their instruments -- I mean they are talented individuals, but it basically ends there.

1. Hold You Down
2. Bumble Bee
3. Peppermint
4. Hope and Dream Explosion
5. Stars Fly
6. Overflow
7. Sorrow Marry Me
8. Frosting
9. Twit
10. Camptown Misery
11. Monarch Mine
12. -
13. Drippin'

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