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info opinion

Special Edword

"Our Innocence Is Lost" CD


Genres: screamo, rock, emo

Feb 23 - 29 2004

Special Edword is your average power screamo band, using growly vocals and overdriven guitars to look 'macho', but supplementing them with emotional, love-based lyrics for equilibrium's sake.  This formula is, of course, quite common nowadays, so there's certainly a market for the band, who apparently have quite a following in their hometown.

Our Innocence Is Lost, Special Edword's shiny new album, is a perfect cross-section of the band's sound.  Vicious, screamy numbers are interspersed with soft and sentimental ballads.  Emo kids will be in love.  And why shouldn't they be?  Special Edword are really, really good at what they do.  Though this style of music has become quite homogenized over time, these five guys do it with passion.  They're convincing, and they know how to put hooks together.  Even the most whiny tunes are brimming in pure melody.

However, as is always the case, I would have liked Special Edword to have done something a bit more creative with Our Innocence Is Lost.  Despite an interesting Slint-esque spoken-word-based opener, "Thesis," there isn't much interesting music here. Sure, there's nothing technically wrong about these eleven songs, but there's also nothing technically astounding.  I realize that this type of music sells, but does it really do anything else? 


Matt Shimmer

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