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Dual Theory – Ace Deuce February 9, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Devia Initium (The Lonely Beginning)
  2. Diamonds
  3. Destiny In Disguise
  4. Castaway
  5. Nice Guys Finish Last
  6. Rockyhaven
  7. Senses Fail
  8. You Hold the Key
  9. High School is So Last Year
  10. Paranoia
  11. Golden Heart
  12. Last Night
  13. The Last Goodbye
  14. Overkill

1. Devia Initium (The Lonely Beginning)

LOL how many albums in a row did I review something that has a short opening?  Devia Initium has a sinister opening and I was definitly most impressed.  Youko and Hunter started to sing/speak whichever and they sounded almost dead goving, the track more appeal.  Then they split off to two different parts and then the song just comes to a close. 

2. Diamonds

Diamonds is Dual Theory’s most memorable track being used in one episode of Show Me Your News which is Youko’s podcast.  I have to say I love the piano melody played throughout, but Youko, high notes aren’t exactly your kit & kaboodle.  Song’s meaning was kind of romantic in a way and had a lot put into to it. 

3. Destiny In Disguise

Another song that I instantly loved at first listen, Destiny In Disguise is basically more upbeat and has a better piano melody IMO.  Youko even sounds better as well, even getting some of the harder notes right.  I swear Hunter singing the 2nd verse, I’m not sure why…but hmmm….I think the best part was when Youko was singing the chorus with just the guitar and piano melody.  I thought that was amazing.  The ending was a little random, but good nonetheless.

4. Castaway

Whenever I hear this song, it makes me feel free-spirited and then listening to the lyrics it’s quite romantic as well.  I’m already feeling that the album is going to be a huge difference than “Life on Display”.  I wouldn’t want to call this ethereal but the keyboard is making me think otherwise.  Hopeful little track.

5. Nice Guys Finish Last

Well, doesn’t the title seem truthful though?  He’s singing about how he’s putting his all and being a man and all he’s getting is just crap and being treated like it doesn’t mean anything.  Brutally honest and almost sad to hear.  I do like how Youko and Hunter play off after chorus with the ~It doesn’t really matter~ section. 

6. Rockyhaven

I was awe-ing at this track when I first listened to it.  I mean it’s not about love or any gushy shtuff.  It’s just a relaxing song about nature pretty much.  I mean there’s some hidden meanings because of the whole ~I feel so alive here, this place that’s within me~.  Maybe he’s talking about the mind, but give it a lively arrangement and well…it’s euphoric almost, that is until Youko hits that uber high note….that was whoa…

7. Senses Fail

We finally get a darker song with Senses Fail and it’s brutal.  I’m not sure what the topic is actually falling on, but with the ~failing senses~ and the otherwise dark lyrics it’s quite baffling.  I have to say I love that middle part when Hunter this part with multiple bass triplets and Youko’s evil speaking part, that was golden.  Amazing song to just pop up for me.

8. You Hold the Key

I’ll admit it right away, I didn’t connect to this song at all and still can’t manage to.  I mean it’s upbeat and it’s a positive song, don’t get me wrong….but there was something missing for me.  Lyrics are also hopeful in mind because the lover has the “key” to make him open up and such.  I think my initial not-liking was Youko’s high-pitching again…it’s a dangerous zone and most of the chorus was either in it or on the brim of it.

9. High School is So Last Year

After “Devia Initium” this track is the shortest track on the album not even making 3 minutes.  OMG, cussing FTW…..Anyways, it’s pretty much exactly what love is about in High School which is that relationships are shaky because you people can cheat and move on to other people and Youko in the later part remembers this person and proclaims that he’s had it better and doesn’t even wanna speak to em….so honest.

10. Paranoia

Yeah, this song was what was missing from the album.  Paranoia really is like a story in the song which is awesome.  The first verse is just so mean and the song continues to speak about via the verses.  The song is about, how he wonders what he did to make someone hate him and it bothers him like crazy.  I do kind of wish there was an ending to the story portion because it just left a huge cliffhanger IMO.

11. Golden Heart

We finally get a ballad and Golden Heart is a long one as well reaching past 6 minutes.  Usually, that’s a big no-no in ballad world because that’s just being mean and will make people get bored.  I really thought the melancholic arrangement with Youko’s deep vocals really put me in a mood.  It was an alright track, just too long-winded for me.

12. Last Night

When this started up, I immediatly thought this sounded like “High School is So Last Year”.  It’s quite to dark song given such a happy arrangement which shows some much needed sarcasm.  I’m pretty sure they’re talking about heartbreak, but I’m not entirely sure.  It’s alright, but the other tracks do manage to be better IMO.

13. The Last Goodbye

Awwww, the “last goodbye”?  I guess it has to happen when you breakup with someone.  Then again this could be incorporated in various situations and Youko is contemplating if it is the last one, but for right this is the last one.  I thought this would’ve been a good album finisher for obvious reasons but yes, pretty somber, but good track.

14. Overkill

We’re back to the “Devia Initium” instrumental to finish up the album.  It’s quite awesome hearing Youko speak out in a poetic way.  It’s so chilling and yet with such an interesting kind of way seems a little hopeful, but it’s just a interlude before going into our final track.  Overkill seems to be just like less memorable since it is a Youko-only track.  Youko…..high note warning!!!!  It’s alright, but “The Last Goodbye” would’ve been a more attainable to finish this album IMO. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Rockyhaven
  • Destiny In Disguise
  • Senses Fail
  • Diamonds
  • The Last Goodbye

You can see how much more work was put into this with all the new sounds that was included.  Another major difference was that this album wasn’t as dark and depressing as their previous album was which was surprising because of how many happy songs there were in contrast.  Some of the tracks did suffer of sounding a little alike and Youko’s new lover for high notes, but still a strong album, but I prefer their last one. BTW Happy B-day Youko!

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