Coheed & Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade

ARTIST: Coheed & Cambria 220px-CoheedAndCambriaSSTB

TITLE:  The Second Stage Turbine Blade

YEAR RELEASED: 2002

CHART ACTION: #179

SINGLES: Devil in Jersey City

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you bought it, you know it.

LINEUP: Claudio Sanchez, Josh Eppard, Michael Todd, Travis Stever. Nate Kelly and Dr. Know helped on a couple of songs.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Part one of a four-part suite of albums telling a long-ass story. It’s ambitious, I’ll give ‘em that.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Concept albums will never die – even in the age of ripping, burning and streaming. Long, conceptual pieces won’t die either, as long as there are people who enjoy settling down for an album that tells a story that won’t be finished for years – kind of like the Game of Thrones or something.

This is quite ambitious, sure. Musically, there are chops galore. The guys can play. Sanchez has an interesting vocal range. But it leaves me cold and clammy most of the time. Where are the hooks? The memorable songs? Something that I can remember other than it’s a long album of long songs for a l-o-n-g story.

I’m going to stick it out as I appreciate the musicianship. But the story better make sense.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Coheed and Cambria are characters in the story, and the band took the name from them.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a few bonus demos etc.

GRADE: B-: This is in the “B” range for the musicianship. But it’s long and only ¼ way done, and there’s nothing really memorable about any of the songs.

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