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Chevelle – Hats Off to the Bull Album Review

6 JanuaryComments Off
Author: Sam

Chicagoan hard rockers Chevelle recently released their sixth studio album, Hats Off to the Bull, and it’s safer than ever to assume that these guys ain’t never gonna change.

Whether that’s a good or bad thing is entirely up to you.

For most of Chevelle’s sixteen plus years career, and especially after they hit it big with their sophomore effort Wonder What’s Next back in 2002, they’ve basically been recycling and reimagining the same narrowly focused yet expertly crafted elements into a handful’s worth of albums.  As a fan, on one hand it’s great to be able to count on the consistency and the routinely high quality of the music that you fell in love with all those years ago.  I can think of plenty of artists who hit a creative sweet spot only to abandon it just as quickly on the next album in the quest for creative maturation or experimentation.  I’d find myself asking, “Why not make Awesome Hit Record Pt. II?  You’ll have plenty of time to change things up afterwards, so strike now while you’re in this particular groove.”  Of course, that’s not how many bands approach their craft (the gall!).

Then again, on the other end of the spectrum, you have bands like Chevelle, which risk watering down those moments of musical glory not simply by repeating them once or twice, but by repeating them ad nauseum.  Are they unwilling to change or unable?

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