steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Number One Gun

"Celebrate Mistakes" CD

Floodgate / Salvage

Genres: CCM, emo, alternative rock

Dec 1 - 7 2003


+ Pop-punk

+ Alternative rock

= Number One Gun

I can see these four guys becoming really popular one day.  With the correct amount of major label distribution and mainstream radio exposure, songs like "Celebrate Mistakes" and "On & On" could easily make the Winamp playlists of high-schoolers everywhere.  While their strong Christian leanings may scare off some of the atheistic young audience, they might be able to follow the footsteps of bands like MXPX before them and become popular anyway.

Number One Gun takes the melodic route through every song on Celebrate Mistakes, and it helps them accomplish exactly what they want to achieve.  The guitars are in high rev, whereas the vocals unfortunately tend to become as whiny and angsty as the lyrics.  The band needs to add something to their music in order to stick out, as right now they just sound like every other alternative rock band out there today.  And you can only have so many Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World clones to go around.

Celebrate Mistakes is a pretty inoffensive, predictable album, and its melodic promise is only overshadowed by the sheer amount of music just like it.  As far as Christian rock goes, however, it isn't bad.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]