Trip Hazard I Keep Falling
1. Daughter Earth
2. Try Not To Think
3. Endlessly
4. Little Things
5. Alcohol

When I saw the name "Trip Hazard",I thought this was going to be some kind of trance/trip hop production. Apparently not. Soft guitar rock, very well produced, but not earth-shattering.

Having said that, the opening track is very good. I can certainly see it getting a bid of radio play. It's as good as, or better than, much of the shit we get to hear on 'our' radio stations. The chorus of Daughter Earth is quite catchy, there's a break near the end where you think it's over and then it get's going again, the outro is a decent singalong bit (if you know the easy-to-hear words). all in all, Daughter is good, but nothing new.

The following three tracks are all of a similar pace (think drive-time and mellowing out, rather than moshing and/or dancing and you've got it). Track 2 has some nice lyrical games being played - left me wondering if my understanding of the meaning behind the words was *mine* or the writer's...

Track 3 has a lovely "Procul Harem, Whiter Shade Of Pale" style opening, with that synth-flute kind of sound. The song itself is, again, a little one-paced. Again the words are a little vague and disconcerting (much like "Whiter shade of pale") and t leaves the listener wondering if they are suppsoed to be part of this song or if it is private. I like lyrics, and I adore good lyrical word-play and there are a few hints of that talent here but sometimes (not musch, though) it seems a little contrived. The lines "You're bathing in a stream, and playing a violin, anticipating every string, I'm waiting for my symphony" are a good example of what I mean. There's even a Bowie-like vocal in this song although it really only appears near the end.

Track 4 is possibly the weakest of the collection. It's not bad, but it's not much more than a singer/songwriter acoustic number with very little energy or life in it, but then it springs into life half-way through with some lovely vocal/backing vocals arrangements in the mould of Meatloaf or the recent 'Evanescense'. There are some good lyrical arrangements in it, again. It's about life after relationships, and the lines "It's 6pm on the 7th day of the 8th week" give a clue to the mental processes that this life-situation can bring. The following lines "No scattered clothes on the floor, No lights or TV lleft on, No long phone conversations, I can talk all night if I want" give a lie to the 'freedom' the writer feels at being 'let out' on his/her own again. It's summed up by the refrain "It's the little things I miss". It's, again, a fgood song without beinug great.

Track 5. Bonus track 'Alcohol' is another clever lyrical/vocal arrangement. Apparently the song was added after the previous 4 numbers had already been put on the sleeve, which explains the lack of printed lyrics (just!). Still, it's a one-guitar, two voice acoustic number with a pretty little chorus.
Review written by: Ron, IU --

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