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May 2010
Released: 2010, Rocket Science
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Nonpoint are back with their ninth full length album MIRACLE. Twelve new songs and a cover of Pantera's now classic "5 Minutes Alone" originally recorded for Metal Hammer magazine's Dimebag Darrell tribute, appear on the Greg Tribbett/Chad Gray (Mudvayne/Hellyeah) produced record.

The radio friendly "Shadow" opens Miracle with a bright melody line set against a backdrop of stop/start crescendos and bright vocal harmonies. Vocalist Elias Soriano has really come into his own and sounds really brilliant on this track. The chorus on "Shadow" is both likable and catchy and should have fans of the band singing along in no time. The album's title track and lead-off single "Miracle" that features a guest appearance from Chad Gray is next and although steps things up in terms of aggression, lacks the charisma of "Shadow" and comes off a little too formulaic in the end, content to play it safe without pushing the envelope. The ballad-like "Frontlines" features an acoustic intro that slowly builds in terms of dynamics, further showcasing the band's ability to mix things up. "Looking Away" is Nonpoint doing what they do best, that being delivering modern hard rock. "Looking Away" sounds a bit like it would have fit in just fine on the band's last full length "Vengeance". Nonpoint's cover of "5 Minutes Alone" musically remains pretty true to the original, though Elias Soriano has never sounded so out of place on any of the band's past recordings, much like a fish out of water. Tough guy vocals just do not work for Elias at all. "What I've Become" begins mellow and trades off between somber acoustic passages and distorted choruses. "Lucky #13" is probably the hardest hitting track up for offer on MIRACLE with some nice double kick work from skinsman Robb Rivera.

All in all Nonpoint have stayed pretty consistent and faithful to their sound on MIRACLE, though good or bad will depend mostly on your preference for the band's earlier work. MIRACLE at times feels over polished and dull, like more of an A&R concoction than a collection of tunes written and pounded out over the course of a few months in a sweaty and stinky rehearsal room. On the other hand, if catchy hooks are your thing, MIRACLE has plenty on display and I can't see why anyone into the eight full lengths that preceded this album would be turned off by MIRACLE. Not pushing any boundaries, but sure to gain the band more airplay on modern rock radio.
Track Listing

1. Shadow
2. Miracle
3. Crazy
4. Frontlines
5. Looking Away
6. Electricity
7. What You've Got For Me
8. Throwing Stones
9. 5 Minutes Alone
10. What I've Become
11. Dangerous Waters
12. Lucky # 13
13. Dead Soul


Elias Soriano - Vocals
Zach Broderick - Guitars
Bastard - Bass
Robb Rivera - Drums

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