The Devil Wears Prada – Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord


Album

Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord

Label

Rise Records

Year

2006

For Fans Of

Underoath – Drop Dead, Gorgeous – Destroy The Runner

Summary

Oh good, more watered down Christian metalcore…

Rating

40 / 100

The Devil Wears Prada is a great
movie. Featuring stand out performances from Meryl Streep as the cold
hearted ice queen and Anne Hathaway as the token eye candy, this is
a film that really does have something for everyone. 

Unfortunately the same can’t
be said for the musical version of The Devil Wears Prada, because this
record is some of the most uninspired and generic metal/hardcore that
I have across in a long time.  

Let’s take it from the top –
The Devil Wears Prada is a terrible band name. The artwork suggested
that I’d be listening to be some kind of black metal band, what with
the threatening storm clouds and statue adorning the front cover. However,
the music is about as cookie cutter as you can get.  

Triggered kick drums? Check. Open
D chords a plenty? Check. Token nasal clean singing parts? Check. Did
I mention the attempts at guitar leads are so cheesy I feel like I’m
in the dairy section my local supermarket?! 

Do you see what I’m getting
at? There’s nothing on this CD that is any worse than 3948579435 bands
that have put records out in the last 2 years, but there’s something
so contrived about TDWP that it makes them more unbearable than “insert
cliché name”. Metal is supposed to be gritty. There’s supposed
to be something ominous about it, but “Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord”
is so sterile that my mum would probably enjoy this record. 

I’m sure each member of the
band is a capable musician in his own right – and their pianist (that’s
right, pianist) shows us more than one occasion that he can play –
but not one of the 11 songs on this record holds a candle to their peers
in Drop Dead, Gorgeous or Norma Jean.

Conclusion

After checking the band’s MySpace
page and seeing that they’ve had 3 million hits I’m incredibly disheartened
with the state of heavy music in the year 2007 because this means that
there are thousands of kids out there who think TDWP embody the term
heavy metal! The band has a new record coming out late August and I
can only hope that it’s an improvement on “Dear Love: A Beautiful
Discord”.

Tracklisting

  1. The Ascent
  2. Gauntlet Of Solitude
  3. Dogs Can Grow Beards
    All Over
  4. The Sentence Trails
    Off
  5. Rosemary Had An Accident
  6. Redemption
  7. Swords, Dragons And
    Diet C

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