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Lullacry
Vol. 4
January 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media Records
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Lullacry, in all their quirky goth/pop/metal cheesiness, amounts to nothing more than Garbage/Kelly Clarkson/Avril Lavigne for European teen girls. VOL. 4 (the band’s second full-length outing with new vocalist Tanja who replaced old vocalist Tanya—don’t ask) continues to deliver the hook-filled choruses and over-wrought vocals expected of the band but things are beginning to hit a rut with little to no improvements over 2003’s CRUCIFY MY HEART or even a half-assed attempt to make it seem like they tried. With Anssi Kippo (Children of Bodom) in charge of production at Finnvox Studio, this CD is slicker than an American Idol release but for those who can check their brain at the door and require nothing more than a few fun moments while listening, VOL. 4 may be just the thing.



Tanja’s mid-range vocals have never impressed me and the reliance on studio effects marginalizes her even more here. Sure, she can belt out a good, old-fashioned rawk chorus on tracks like “Perfect Tonight,” “Fire Within” and “Zero” that after one listen will be stuck in your head for days but so can countless other singers who struggle to get on Top 40 radio. Hell, The Donnas can—and have been—doing tracks like the above in their sleep since they were in junior high! The fact that Lullacry is on the metal titan known as Century Media Records shouldn’t cloud anyone into thinking that there is any substance to their music. One listen to the wretched “Heart Shaped Scars” brings to memory the sugary-sweet, keyboard-driven power ballads of Europe but with Hillary Duff singing and that is not a good thing. Likewise, “I Want You” is a breathy number in whose music video I envision Tanja staring pensively at a photo of the boy she cannot have before breaking into a leap and doing the splits while shaking her hair in carefree abandon. The anonymous male harmony and background vocals that are used on some tracks should be scrapped altogether because the person is either tone deaf or trying madly to be heard over Tanja’s warbling. The over-production does not end with Tanja’s vocals, either. A Shania Twain album sounds like a Darkthrone release compared to VOL. 4 most of the time with space-filling keyboards and processing out the wazoo. Having never seen Lullacry live, I can’t comment on how they perform without this crutch but I can’t imagine it’s good.



VOL. 4 is hardly a bad album but unless you’re looking for over-produced party rock fronted by a sexpot in a pleather catsuit, skip it. This release is shallower than a curbside mud puddle and if the band was from the U.S., they would be marketed to the Hello Kitty crowd and girls who wear glittery eyeshadow. I don’t know how things work in Europe but groups like this are a dime a dozen in North America and with four albums under their belts, I would say Lullacry’s shelf life is about over.



KILLER KUTS: “Perfect Tonight,” “Fire Within,” “Zero”
Track Listing

1. Perfect Tonight
2. Love, Lust, Desire
3. Fire Within
4. Stranger In You
5. Heart Shaped Scars
6. Soul In Half
7. Killing Time
8. I Want You
9. King of Pain
10. Zero

Lineup

Tanja—Vocals
Sami Vauhkonen—Lead Guitar
Sauli Kivilahti—Rhythm Guitar
Heavy—Bass
Jukka Outinen—Drums

Other reviews

» Be My God
by Waspman

» Be My God
by Pete

» CRUCIFY MY HEART
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Crucify My Heart
by JP

» Fire Within
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Vol. 4
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Vol. 4
by MetalChick

» Where Angels Fear
by Erich


Next review: » Lullacry - Vol. 4
Previous review: » Lullacry - Fire Within

Lullacry
Vol. 4
May 2006
Released: 2005, Century Media
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: MetalChick

This album sounds like something I’d hear on the alternative rock radio stations in my area, so I am immediately on edge. The anti-anything-popular attitude implanted into my mind long ago tells me I shouldn’t like this, it’s too catchy, too poppy, the songs are too short; it’s just not metal enough. But they are heavy, they rock, the chick can sing. I like the speed of the songs, perhaps because I’m on a speed power metal kick recently, and it’s a strong combination of heaviness to headbang to and vocal melodies to sing along to.



The first track, "Perfect Tonight," is the most poppy, and once you hear it, it will be stuck in your head, guaranteed. They keep up the pace through "Stranger in You," which I have to say is the song I like best; they mix things up a bit with some slow parts that lead into the booming chorus with a cheesy but cool vocal line I can’t help but sing as well. It’s after that when they slow it down with a ballad, "Heart Shaped Scars." It’s painfully reminiscent of pop star Avril Lavigne’s work. They don’t pick it up again until track seven, another song I like: "Killing Time." They carry me through strong for the rest of the album, and I find my opinion has changed from the skepticism at the beginning.



The last thing I want is to come across as someone closed-minded to anything other than metal; that’s certainly not the case. Lullacry has indeed rocked me. They’ve put together an album of catchy songs that if you gave them a listen, they will most likely hook you too, whether you like it or not.
Track Listing

1. Perfect Tonight
2. Love, Lust, Desire
3. Fire Within
4. Stranger in You
5. Heart Shaped Scars
6. Soul in Half
7. Killing Time
8. I Want You
9. King of Pain
10. Zero

Lineup

Sauli Kivilahti - guitar
Tanja - voclas
Heavy - bass
Sami Vauhkonen - lead guitar
Jukka Outinen - drums

Other reviews

» Be My God
by Waspman

» Be My God
by Pete

» CRUCIFY MY HEART
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Crucify My Heart
by JP

» Fire Within
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Vol. 4
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Vol. 4
by MetalChick

» Where Angels Fear
by Erich


Next review: » Lullacry - Where Angels Fear
Previous review: » Lullacry - Fire Within





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