I've seen Nonpoint labeled as nu-metal and categorized
with the likes of Incubus, Adema and Korn.
I don't see it. That's not to say they don't compare in presence.
It's just that Nonpoint brings something different
and rather refreshing to the table. In Development,
I find more of the "energy" and emotion that made
acts like Jimmy's Chicken Shack, Sugartooth
and Dogma a joy to listen to.
Elias Soriano's vocals initially come off aggressive and
even bitterly acidic, but over the length of the album show
a great range of variety and emotion to sustain the drive
and focus that Nonpoint obviously has. I would say
this easily goes for the rest of the band. Andrew Goldman's
guitar tracks show a firm hand, being both powerful in certain
moments, while delicate in others. KB's bass tracks are a
pleasant backbone - it's nice to know that some people still
play quality bass not covered up in overproduced fuzz. Robb
Rivera's beats have great pacing and add that extra bit of
punctuation to the more high-energy segments of the album.
The opening title track is powerful, tempered with lulls
to give more impetus to the powerful chorus segments. The
aggressive opening belies a deeper, more intricate album that
may take most casual listeners by surprise. While it has a
few "simpler" tracks (by no means simple in comparison to
the standard), the album showcases a large variety of emotional
range in the song writing.
Nonpoint successfully blends power chords, hard groove
and well developed chord progressions throughout the length
of the album. One of the strengths of this album is that the
listener can feel a certain passion in the music and vocals.
You're not hammered over the head with angst and rage. Nonpoint
presents a palatable array of emotions.
The lyrics are excellent and well-thought out. Nonpoint
chooses a more poetic lyrical stance, which is such a refreshing
change from the more popular (and clichéd) angry at
everything look of their contemporaries. In my opinion, I
would say that very few bands, like Faith No More or
Thought Industry, could come up with better words to
A few tracks of exceptional note: Both Circles and
Normal Days will catch you will firm guitar riffs and
choruses that will stick like peanut butter in your head.
Both Hands and Any Advice? come across as a
more mellow and restrained tracks if only because they don't
jump at you with as much force and aggressive intent.
There's a certain infectiousness about this album. After
the first listen, I was intrigued, but after a few times through,
a number of the tracks just jumped out because of the catchiness
and unrelenting energy. And, it's not just uncontrolled energy.
They obviously know how to write and have a vision of what
their sound should be. You don't find an unfocused edge in
the album. There are grooves here so catchy (Hide and Seek
and My Own Sake easily come to mind) that you just
can't ignore them. Or easily get them out of your head.
I find it difficult to place Nonpoint in any one corner
of the music spectrum. They show signs of various styles,
fused together as a straightforward rock band with enough
variety and quality to their songwriting to keep them from
falling into the boring standards that often make it to the
Top 40 in airplay. It's the kind of musical style, quality,
energy and independence that give them a leg up on more radio-friendly
acts. If you enjoy good rock that doesn't focus on overdone
rage and powerchords, check out this disc. You will be pleased.