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"After We Go" CD

Maverick Records

Genres: alternative rock, hard rock

Maverick Records
9348 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA

Jul 26 - Aug 1 2004

The songs on Tantric's After We Go album should be played at football games.  They have a spirited, foot-stomping energy, as well as an irresistible melodic infectiousness, that can't be beat.  Even the more emotional, sensitive songs could work in a forgettable teen romance-thriller like "Cruel Intentions" or "Swimfan."  Don't mistake my hypothesizing for condescension, though, as these tunes are actually remarkably effective - as far as metal-infused alternative rock goes, Tantric has it all.  After We Go is catchy as heck, and its urgent, powerful atmosphere should prove quite appealing, even to the most discerning listeners.

Practically every one of After We Go's twelve songs accomplishes its main objective - one listen and you're hooked - although this means the album is somewhat homogeneous.  Hard rockers "Chasing After" and "Change the World" succeed due to pounding percussion and aggressive guitars, as well as infectious sing-along choruses that beg to be played in stadiums.  On the other hand, there are also some more conservative tracks like "Falling Away" and "Hero" which add depth to the album, and make for excellent melodic fodder.  A successful cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" evens things out.

All in all, Tantric's album accomplishes its purpose, and will surely provide its fanbase with all that could possibly be desired.  Though unoriginal, it's tough to condemn After We Go, even though its premise is far from groundbreaking.  I'll be listening for "Change the World" on my next trip to the Skydome.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by Amazon, released 2004]