Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Grade
B+
 
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In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 might have been one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2003. And if you are a fan of Coheed and Cambria you will not likely to be disappointed at all. Yes, this is a concept album, and like most concept albums, either you'll love it or hate it. I am one of the many that found this album to be quite enjoyable and a worthwhile purchase. And like most concept albums, it strives to be different. Whether it's the overall idea, the music, or the vocals, C&C did a fantastic job of accomplishing all of those and more. It truly lives up to the hype it received.

Now before we get to discussing the actual music, you first need to know the concept behind the music. Lead singer and frontman Claudio Sanchez has created a story if you will that will be played out over the first 4 C&C albums. Coincidentally, their band name is the names of the two main characters in the story, Coheed and Cambria. The story, shortly put, tells the tale of the creation of the solar system and Earth and how the main characters are wrapped up in it. Science fiction fans will definitely enjoy this concept and the album. It almost unfolds like a Sci-Fi comic book, albeit much more complex, funny enough, Claudio Sanchez I heard actually plans for this to be turned into a comic book (keep an eye out for that one). Coheed and Cambria's first album was the 2nd chapter, Second Stage Turbine Blade. And this CD is, you guessed it, the 3rd chapter. Now I don't know if you feel as I do, but that's quite a daunting task. Fortunately they pull it off very smoothly and it turns out to be a terrific idea in both concept and execution.

Sanchez did a wonderful job with the vocals on this album, phenomenal. He has one of the most unique voices in the industry and his vocals really captures you and drags you into the music. First off, Claudio Sanchez reached a few notes I did not even knew to exist. He has wonderful range and puts so much emotion and passion into every lyric. At first his voice really isn't too likable, not that you will find it bad, just odd if anything. But I swear, give this album one listen and you will have a new found appreciation for his voice. This truly is a band that would totally be changed if the vocalist were different. The vocals can be haunting and eerie at parts and uplifting in others. Just like a story, there are highs and lows. The music is complex and ambitious, like everything else on the album. But it suits it well although it can drag a bit from time to time, some songs are very long, a minor quip. As for the overall sound, the best I can put it is emo mixed with art rock from the 70's.

Overall this is a very worthwhile purchase. There are a few things I could complain about but I really won't do it. For such an ambitious album as they had in store they pulled it off with a very high success rate. But it is a double edged sword, they might of tried to accomplish a bit too much and it lowers my grade for it slightly, although I admire C&C for their efforts. It's a very deep album that you would probably take a good four or five listens until it loses an almost "first-listen" kind of feeling to you. This album will grow on you. It will be amazing to see what they try for the next installment.

- - missionhockey

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