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   PASSENGER
Passenger
2003
Century Media
http://www.passenger.nu


rating: 1/5

1. In Reverse
2. In My Head
3. For You
4. Just The Same
5. Carnival Diaries
6. Circus
7. Rain
8. Circles
9. I Die Slowly
10. Used
11. Eyes Of My Mind
Many might be familiar with Passenger but not because they are around since 1995-96, but for the imposing list of the band members. It was formed by Patrik J. Sten (Transport League) and Niclas Engelin (Gardenian) who got tired from their actual bands' music and wanted to experience something "lighter". Anders Fridén's interest for this new band was awaken by Niclas during the In Flames tour in 1997. Their last prey was Hĺkan Skoger, the bassist of Hateplow. So, Passenger was born with talented musicians in its line-up and it had been unleashed on us.

Three demos were made before their self-titled debut came out this april and a few songs from the demos had been put on this album. I just wanted to mention this to make clear that their basic ideas might have been finished earlier than their main bands' latest albums. Actually I'm referring to the latest In Flames album, because some parts of Passenger remind me of "Reroute To Remain" BUT, the first thing you should do when you start listening to it, is to forget about the Passenger members' musical past. But no doubt, when I try to describe Passenger, In Flames' name will pop up again and again. Mix it with some keyboards led, popish sound, a portion of alternative rock and a certain amount of Machine Head like guitar handling, and play it slower or faster. Approximately these are the elements of this hybrid called Passenger. They have very, very melodic, hit-like songs while some are spiced up with heavyness and been given a bit futuristic/techno sounds with the keyboards here and there. The abovementioned variety of stlyes let them try out different sounds of the instruments and they went for it. Anders' clean singing continues to improve but he still lets out some screams.

Shall we call it pop-metal? I think this description comes the closest. I guess everybody can find something to like about a specific song on the album, but that's not enough. Of course it has better moments just like worse ones but overall, this album annoys me. (Is it a new direction of mainstream? I hope it's not even that.)

And I warn you once more, don't listen to it because you like Gardenian or In Flames. In that case, disappointment is guaranteed.

submitted by Katalin 01.09.2003

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