Genres: alternative rock, pop-punk, hard rock
Feb 10 - 16 2003
is the type of album that belongs on mainstream radio. It's the
type of metal-influenced pop-punk stuff that the kids just die
for. While the songs are all very simple and lacking creativity,
the seamless production and catchy melodies make for an album that is
easy to relate to for those just looking for some music to jump around
to at a school dance or party.
But it's still a shame that SR-71 couldn't have been more
original with Tomorrow. A song like "Hello
Hello" is just drenched in hooks and hummable melodies, but the
fact that it sounds as if it's just trying to play along with modern
trends (can anyone actually differentiate between this and any other
modern "alternative rock" band??) is unsettling. Other
tracks, like "Truth," use more of a heavy metal approach,
with aggressive power riffs and guitar solos leading the way.
This calls to mind other bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa
Roach, whose fans will likely find a lot of value in Tomorrow.
Certain tracks fall under the banner of sensitive alternative rock -
"The Best Is Yet To Come" is a good example. Combining
those kind of pseudo-whiny macho vocals with sorrowful pop-punk
melodies and post-grunge-esque guitar riffs, the track comes off as
something that would be played in the sad part of a teen romance
Altogether, SR-71's Tomorrow may not be particularly
fresh, but it has a goal in mind and sticks with it to the end.
Commercial success isn't implausible at all.
Fun Fact: take their name
from that of the fastest airplane ever built. The SR-71
Blackbird can fly at speeds over 2000 miles per hour, at Mach 3.2.
Update! (Courtesy of Quintin):
The SR-71 is one of the fastest planes
but there is in fact another plane that travels much faster than the
blackbird. Built by North American Aviation the X-15 is not only the
fastest winged aircraft ever built, it's also the highest flying. In
testing it achieved a maximum speed of Mach 6.72 or 4,534 miles per
hour! The maximum altitude for the aircraft was a massive 354,200
Feet! or 67.08 miles above sea level.
The X-15 First flew on June 8th 1959 and even though none remain
flying, it still holds both altitude and airspeed records for a winged
12 songs, distributed by Amazon, released